Matarbari LNG Terminal

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Matarbari LNG Terminal is a proposed onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Matarbari, in the Cox's Bazar district of Chittagong, Bangladesh.[1] As of 2023, there have been no updates in over two years, and the project is presumed shelved.


The map below shows the approximate location of the terminal in Matarbari, in the Cox's Bazar district of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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Project Details

  • Owner: Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company[2]
  • Parent: Petrobangla[2]
  • Location: Matarbari, Cox's Bazar District, Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Coordinates: 21.7271477, 91.8797371 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 7.5 mtpa, 1 bcfd[3]
  • Status: Shelved
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2023-2024[3]
  • Financing: associated ported is being funded by JICA

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


In January 2019, the Petrobangla subsidiary Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co. requested interest from potential terminal developers for a land-based LNG regasification terminal at Matarbari in the Cox’s Bazar district of southern Bangladesh.[4] In March 2019, the deadline for tendering bids for the project was extended by three months.[2] As of June 2019, 12 companies have expressed interest in building the terminal. According to officials of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co., a committee is currently evaluating the proposals and will create a shortlist based on the capabilities and technical assessments of the 12 companies. They also said it could take more than a year to complete and award the contract for the terminal.[5] In January 2020 the Bangladeshi Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury Chief announced that the deep sea port where the terminal will be located is being developed with financing from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).[6]

In January 2021, Tokyo Gas was awarded a contract to carry out a feasibility study for developing the facility.[7]

In August 2021, Bangladesh's Energy and Mineral Resources Division developed a shortlist of eight firms that could be awarded the contract build the terminal.[8]

As of 2023, there have been no updates in over two years, and the project is presumed shelved.

Articles and resources


  1. New and Emerging LNG Markets: The Demand Shock French Institute of International Relations, June 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bangladesh extends deadline to submit plans for new LNG terminal Reuters, Mar. 14, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Annual Report 2018 Petrobangla, accessed December 2019.
  4. UPDATE 2-Bangladesh seeks developers for its first onshore LNG terminal Reuters, Jan. 30, 2019.
  5. "Bangladesh recieves interest from 12 companies to build LNG terminal" Reuters, June 20, 2019.
  6. Ali Asif Shawon, Deep sea port project in Matarbari gains pace, Sonadia dropped, Dhaka Tribune, Jan. 23, 2020
  7. Feasibility of Matarbari LNG terminal to be studied by Japanese firm. Tank News International. January 15, 2021.
  8. "Eight firms shortlisted for building LNG Terminal". Risingbd Online Bangla News Portal. Retrieved 2022-06-09. {{cite web}}: External link in |last= (help)

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