Assignment on Natural Gas In Bangladesh
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Our country has many types of natural resources. Natural Gas is one of the most important of natural resources. Our country has huge natural gas.

Bangladesh natural gas production began in 1960 from the Chattak Filed. There is much uncertainty and debate about the level of natural gas reserves in Bangladesh. Estimates from Petrobangla put net proven reserves at 15.3 Tef as of mid-2004.

Petrobangla has approximately 20 natural gas fields nationwide, half of which are active. The main fields include.

  • Bibiyana (discovered by Unocal in Block)
  • Titas (Second largest natural gas field in the countries)
  • Habiganj
  • Kailastilla
  • Rashipur
  • Jalalabad
  • Sangs off shore natural gas field.

Other possible natural gas field include Shaldanadi, Ferchuganj, Feni, Kumta and Shahbajpur.

  • Unocol announced in mach 20003 that it would begin development of the Moulavi Bazar field in Block 14.
  • Shahbazpur, discovered by petrobangla subsidiary Bapex in 1995, is estimated to contain 330-400 of recoverable natural gas.


It is difficult to get data about natural gas available here and there. Only source of institution keep data broadly about natural gas. There are:

(i) CDP (Central for Policy)

(ii) Statistics brue

(iii) PatroBangla

So I went there and get much information about natural gas.

And also I churched website as a result I have got the latest information from the website.

I have taken help some of reference book

Main body:

In our country invented may gas field. bellow I describe about some of being gas field.

Jalalabad Filed:

This is the biggest gas field in Bangladesh.

(i)           Unocal started natural gas production form the Jalalabd Field on Block 13 in February 1999.

(ii)          At a production rate of 80-100 million cubic feet of natural gas par day.

(iii)        Jalalabad supplies approximately 12 percent of the countries gas demand.

(iv)        The field contains an estimated 1.6 Trillion cubic feet of gas- in place.

Bibiyana Field

(1) Unocal discovered the Bibiyana gas field on block 12 in 1998.

(2) The report concluded that Bibiyana is a world class accumulation of natural gas.

(3) The Bibiyana field is estimated to hold as much as 5.5 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of recoverable reserves of natural gas and 30.7 million bevels (MMBBIS) of condensate.

(4) The 3-D seismic survey is the first time this technology has been used in Bangladesh and provides a move accurate reserve appeasement then 2-D seismic surveys.

Moulavi Bazar Field

(1) Unocal has signed a natural gas purchased and sales agreement with Petrobangla to develop the MoulaviBazar Field.

(2) Unocal expects to produce 70 to 100 million cubic feet of gas par day from the field beginning in the first quarter 2005.

(3) Unocal discovered the Moulavi Bazar field on blaock 14.

(4) The Moulavi Bazar # 3 wall set a record for drilling time and low cost.

Issues in gas sector Debate-Missing Elements

Two issues in gas sector have been intensely debated in Bangladesh.

  • The size of the actual as well as probable/potential reserve.
  • Whether a part of the gas production should be allowed to export

The two major political parties, BNP and Al, have publicly committed to the position that export of gas will be allowed only if about 50 years of reserve of domestic use is ensured. International financial institution and gas companies argue the domestic market is too small and gas export is derivable to attract foreign direct investment and improve foreign exchanges reserves, and to use revenue to benefit people and improve infrastructure.

There are some of missing elements in the policy debates:

  • Economic analysis of gas use in domestic activities and for exports.
  • International best practices, which can serve as a very useful guide.

Economics of gas use criteria Governing uses:

Gas use should be governed by the some set of criteria as other resources. (1) There are many concepts and indicators of economic returns.

  • Internal rates of return
  • Netback valve
  • Benefit- cost rations
  • Profit maximization.

* More important, during the last decade, demand for gas increased at the rate of about 12 percent per annum, with the power, industry and household sector registering the highest level of growth.

Projection of Demand: Given the large potential demand and projected annual GDP growth of 5-6 percent the demand is likely continue to grow at the double digit rates during the current decade (2000-2001).

India has huge potential demand for gas for use in generation of electricity (Additional demand for electricity would be in the order of 10,000 MW per year for the next 15 year mostly in the western and southern region of India.)

Is direct export gas to India desirable?

The few countries the export gas to neighboring & other countries via pipeline include-

  • Canada (To the USS )
  • Bolivia (to Brazil)
  • Nether-land (to the European Union)
  • Russia (to the European Union)
  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia (to the out side world)

For exporting countries, a major consideration is ensuring energy security and adequacy of reserve.

This could mean: (a) Putting aside adequate reserves for domestic use.

(b) Using Part of the export earning for developing alternative energy sources.

(c) A combination of the two-

For importing countries, the main consideration, apart from the price of gas, is the security of supply risk appreciated with the long-ternm contracts.

How can we increase reserves: The proposed rule, i.e., insuring minimum level sufficient to meet domestic demand for 50 years before exports is not appropriate. The 50 year rule is too stringent something like 25-30 years of reserve adequacy is sufficient to make a positive decision about exports.

Institutional Arrangement for Exports

Once a decision to export is made, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed to maximize country’s gain such projects-

First, to address commercial risks: any project of gas export must be based on long term contract between producers, transporters, sellers and buyers of natural gas.

Application of Economic Criteria- Estimates of Economic Returns:

(i) A key question relevant for both public and private sector allocation decision: is how would the new supply of gas be used in different sectors. (2) An approach which analysts often take is that of netback valve analysis, which indicates the economic valve of per unit of gas, expressed, for example is US$ / MCF.

Table 2 present estimates for the existing uses of gas (bases in world Bank data). It show that benefit/cost ratio is highest in:

  • Followed by fertilizer (existing plant)
  • Industry and Commercial uses.

Export of gas based product

The previous page I show how gas should be allocated across domestic uses. Gas could be exported i various forms:

(a)   Indirectly by being converted into fertilizers or power which is then exported.

(b)   Directly, either through pipelines or as liquefied natural gas (LNG)

Converting gas into fertilizer for exports:

This many appear to be very attractive proposition with potential markets in Nepal, India and China. World prices for urea vary a lot.

For example, during 1990 2000, it varied between US$150- US$ per ton, a variation of 40/-.

Most of the seven public sector fertilizer factories in Bangladesh, including KAFKO, depend on subsidized gas prices. Source factories make losses. The industry operating system is very poor and also inefficiency management system. A recent study done for the Government of Bangladesh by Lucas and associates (USA) indicate that:

  • Under a wide range of assumption, the gas based fertilizer plants in Bangladesh negative internal rate of returns.
  • In the present world market conditions, no foreign private investor is likely to invest in the sector.

Gas use in electricity for export: Use of gas in electricity production and exports seems very profitable.

For example, the cost such plants is $750/KW compared to $ 1200/KW for fuel oil fired plant and $ 1450/KW for coal fired plant.

Electricity exports to India, the most likely buyer, poses two problems.

  • First, there is technical problem. The standard transmission system in india is 400kv compared with 132-kv and 230 kv in Bangladesh.
  • Second, there is a high commercial/country risk-ensuring that the buyers of electricity in India.

Direct export of gas: The production sharing  contracts with the international will companies seem to allow for exports of gas in the from of LNG.

Setting up an LNG Plant requires:

(a)  a very long investment (over US$ 1 billion)

(b)  Long-term contract with buyers.

(c)  Bulk transport/tanker, which means high transport cost.

The cost of delivering LNG to Japan, a likely market, has been e estimated to be $4.32/MCE. The economic cost of gas at wellhead I estimated to be $ 1.10/MAC. to this, we need to add the liquefaction and transportation cost of $ 3.22.

Export of gas via pipeline: This requires a large investment in the construction of pipeline, similar to investment in construction of transmission lines for electricity exports natural as export project could potentially diversty more commercial risk because it could be sold not only to the power sector but also to industrial, commercial and other upeves all over India.

The possibilities are:

(a)  Private producers in one country selling to private buyer in any other county.

(b)  Private gas producer selling to a public sector entity in another country or vice versa.

(c)  Public Sector gas producer in one country selling gas to public sector buyer in another country.


We can understand that natural gas is the most important and valuable aspects in our natural resources. In our country have huge natural gas inverted and un-invented. The present situation of the use of gas is undoubtedly not able to fulfill our desire. It is expected that for the case of the use of gas and for the reservation. We must be careful thinking of the future.


Bangladesh has plenty of natural gas. But only 22-gas field are discovered and also so many places are selected for invented gas. The specialist said that here is many gas field are undiscovered. So, our government should hardly try to undiscovered gas field discovered. And also they should reduce the want of gas. Our general public should be concussing our natural gas. Because, If we increased spend of natural gas this will be finished very quickly. And also I think our government include the metal with the cooker. I hope they are properly utilizing the gas, and our country will progress by the natural gas.

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