Staff Reporter: The government has decided to keep CNG filling stations closed from six to four hours every evening to increase the supply of gas for power generation. The order will take effect from next Sunday (September 19), according to sources in the Ministry of Power and Energy.
A statement from the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources on Wednesday said measures have been taken to alleviate the potential pressure on the gas distribution network during the daily peak hours of electricity demand. Gas supply to CNG stations will be cut off for 4 hours from 6 pm to 10 pm on the daily peak hours of electricity from September 19.
Earlier, the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources withdrew after announcing the closure of CNG stations for six hours a day from Wednesday. A press release issued by the ministry on Monday afternoon said CNG stations would be closed from 5 pm to 11 pm every day from Wednesday to ensure an uninterrupted power supply.
At a meeting held on July 8, it was decided to keep the CNG station closed during peak hours (peak hours). Tawfiq-e-Ilahi Chowdhury, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources, was present at the meeting. State Minister for Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid presided over the function.
Less than an hour after the announcement, another press release from the ministry said a meeting with stakeholders would be held at Petrobangla’s office on Tuesday to discuss the closure of the CNG station. That is when the decision will take effect.