Gas Sector Efficiency Improvement and Carbon Abatement Project (WB-P179009)

  • South Asia
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  • Bangladesh
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Specific Location
Greater Dhaka, Bogra, Sirajgonj and Pabna
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  • World Bank (WB)
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Voting Date
Jul 27, 2023
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Government of Bangladesh
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  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 300.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 437.89 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jul 31, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Jul 12, 2022

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Project Description
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According to the World Bank documents, the proposed project is designed to support the Government of Bangladesh's efforts to meet its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the gas sector by helping to increase efficiency of the retail gas networks of two gas companies-Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited and Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited, and also to reduce gas leakages and emissions. The objective of the project is to improve efficiency of gas distribution and end-use, and support decarbonization of the gas sector in Bangladesh.

Through this project, Government of Bangladesh has requested World Bank support to (a) install 1,100,000 prepaid gas meters in TGTDCL’s Dhaka service territory and 128,000 meters in PGCL’s, which would cover PGCL’s entire residential customer base; (b) install a SCADA system on PGCL’s network; (c) undertake a small pilot program to test the impact of using smart meters at select industrial customers to improve efficiency and monitoring of their gas consumption; and (d) provide Petrobangla with technical assistance (TA) to assess and prioritize carbon abatement opportunities in the O&G sector.

The project location will be greater Dhaka, Bogra, Sirajgonj and Pabna. Project beneficiaries (residential and industrial) will be selected within these districts.

The World Bank rated the project risk as "Moderate".

Investment Description
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Private Actors Description
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Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited is a subsidiary of Petrobangla, responsible for the distribution of gas in Bangladesh's North-Western provinces.

Petrobangla is Bangladesh's oil, gas and mineral corporation, and the main gas distributor in the country.

Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited is a subsidiary of Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Limited, responsible for the extraction and distribution of gas from the Titas gas field. Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Limited is a government-owned gas distributor in Bangladesh.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
Bangladesh Gas Fields Co. Ltd. Parent Company Energy owns Titas Gas Distribution Co. Ltd. Client Energy
Petrobangla Client Energy owns Pashchimanchal Gas Co. Ltd. Client Energy

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World Bank Team Leaders:

1.Sameh I. Mobarek, Senior Energy Specialist

Telephone No: +1-202-725-6520


2.Carlos Alberto Lopez Quiroga, Senior Oil and Gas Specialist

Telephone No: +1-202-473-4039


Implementing Agencies:

1. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission

Md. Abdul Jalil - Chairman

2. Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited

Md. Abdul Mannan Patwary - Managing Director

3. Petrobangla

Engr. Ali Iqbal Md. Nurullah - Director (Planning)

4.Titas Gas T&D Company Limited

Engr. Md. Haronur Rashid Mullah - Managing Director


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