16th February 2024

Syed Shukur Ali Shuvo, BSS

SYLHET, Feb 16, 2024 (BSS) - As part of the government campaign for digitization, a data center of 50000 prepaid gas meters under Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Limited (JGTDSL) will be commissioned tomorrow at Gas Bhaban, Mendiganj here.


State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid will commission the data center and data recovery center as the chief guest at JGTDSL Bhaban tomorrow morning.


"With sincere efforts of the energy and mineral resources division, the JGTDSL installed 50000 prepaid gas meters and set up data center and data recovery center at its distribution areas," Nasrul Hamid told BSS today.


He said Jalalabad Gas Distribution Company implemented a project to install prepaid gas meters in the houses of 50,000 consumers in Sylhet.


"The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly to ensure energy security in the country, and as part of it, we are working to explore new gas wells and drill wells aimed at extracting gas and oil from our own," Nasrul Hamid added.


As part of the endeavor, the energy ministry announced discovery of new oil and gas reserves in Sylhet, with potential oil reserves of 8-10 million barrels and gas reserves of around 200-300 billion cubic feet.


"A total of 35 barrels of oil will be extracted from there per hour. As such, it is possible to extract 500-600 barrels of oil per day," Nasrul Hamid said at a press briefing earlier.


According to JGTDSL official, the JGTDSL set up 50000 gas prepaid meters (Type-A 10,760 and Type-B 39,240 gas prepaid meters) at its consumers' yards.


The state-run gas company also commissioned 48,583 gas prepaid meters after successful installation, as it is a service-oriented government organization, and committed to providing the best service to its consumers.


Earlier, the JGTDSL conducted a survey at 63,000 gas stoves through its Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) contactors.


It has completed civil and electric works of the data center and data recovery center. The total progress of the data center and data recovery center and its related works rose to 95 percent.


Besides, online meter recharge system on 'Upay' MFS platform was commissioned from July 17, 2023 through pause and card system after completion of data center configuration and prepaid metering software.


The government has implemented the project aimed at building awareness of consumers about gas usage, capacity building of the management along with reducing monitoring cost.


The consortium of Zenner Metering Technology (Shanghai) Ltd and Hexing Electrical Co., Ltd, China are implementing the project of prepaid meter and data center and data recovery center installation as EPC contactors after signing an agreement on 25, 09, 2022.

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