The Bangladeshi government is weighing up the option of supplying natural gas to the far-flung islands to help generate electricity there, thus providing an "economic breathing space" for the country's off-grid region.
The government is pressing ahead with a plan to make compressed natural gas (CNG) available to the offshore islands, long neglected in the centralized policy-making, The Financial Express reported on Saturday.
The plan, dubbed "Boat-mounted CNG", would help ensure availability of CNG in the region, which will ultimately enable to generate electricity in off-grid areas, the daily quoted official sources as saying.
"The availability of gas in these regions would give an economic breathing space, with an option to generate power," a high official said, adding that "It may take many years to transport piped gas into the off-shore island. In this context, a mechanism can be worked out to carry tanks containing CNG rather than supplying the already-popular energy source by pipes in these areas."
CNG reportedly would primarily be used in power generation, processing industrial units, domestic cooking and vehicles.