Bangabandhu Bridge Gas Pipeline
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Bangabandhu Bridge Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline in Bangladesh.
The pipeline runs from Bhuapur's Tangail District on the west side of Bangladesh's Bangabandhu Bridge to Sirajganj's Rajshahi District on the east side of the bridge.
- Operator: Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL)
- Parent Company: Petrobangla
- Current Capacity: 300 million cubic feet per day
- Proposed Capacity:
- Length: 5 mi / 9 km
- Status: Operating
- Start Year: 2000
The Bangabandhu Bridge gas pipeline is operated by GTCL, a subsidiary of Petrobangla. It is a part of the Pashchimanchal Gas Transmission Project, which also includes the Elenga-Nalka Gas Pipeline.
The Bangabandhu Bridge (also called the Jamuna Multi-purpose Bridge) was constructed in 1998 to connect the eastern and western halves of Bangladesh, separated by the Jamuna River, and thus help stimulate economic growth by facilitating the transport of passengers and freight and the transmission of electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications across the Jamuna River more economically and efficiently. The Bangabandhu gas pipeline was fitted to the bridge to transfer natural gas from the west to the east, and also for potential export. This followed the Government's decision to bring gas across the Jamuna River using the Jamuna Bridge for producing power on the western side in Siranganj until gas in commercial quantities is discovered and developed on the west side. As such, this energy benefit was quantified in terms of savings of consuming gas at the power plants instead of more costly imported oil as the alternative and savings in power transmission lines from the power plant in the east to the Siranganj power plant in the west. The net economic cost savings were estimated at about $20 million from 1998 to 2000.
In June 1998, as work on the pipeline was nearing completion, a 4.8-km section of the pipeline broke away and fell into the Jumana River.
Articles and resources
- Existing Pipelines, GTCL, accessed July 2018.
- Existing Pipelines GTCL, accessed December 2019.
- Annual Report 2017-2018 GTCL, accessed December 2019.
- Project Completion Report on the Jamuna Bridge Project in Bangladesh The Asian Development Bank, Dec. 2000.
- Weight probe on collapsed Jamuna gas pipe, New Civil Engineer, Jul. 2, 1998