21st February 2024
EP Report

Bangladesh will likely sign its fifth long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) contract in "a couple of years" and will increase its spot cargo purchases this year, an adviser to the country's prime minister said.


Weak demand has kept Asian spot LNG prices muted for weeks, encouraging price-sensitive economies including Bangladesh and India to consider ramping up buying, industry officials say.


"Another one (long-term LNG contract) is most likely because an LNG terminal is going to come up at Payra. So that will require a long-term contract," Bir Bikram Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, an adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said in an interview at the India Energy Week conference in Goa recently.


Payra is a port near the Bay Bengal southwest of the capital Dhaka.


The country has four long-term deals to procure LNG, including two with Qatar, one with Oman and one with US-based Excelerate Energy Inc EE.N.


Bangladesh also plans to increase spot purchases by two more cargoes than the 13 previously cleared by the cabinet to address growing power demand, especially during summer months when irrigation demand peaks and to account for higher consumption during the festive season, Chowdhury said.


"Given the favorable spot price, we have increased two cargoes. We will buy more, maybe one or two more additional spots. We would like to import maximum," Chowdhury said.

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