In Dhaka, the old gas distribution system is in disrepair resulting in the release of methane. To reduce and prevent leaks, the project purchases specialized equipment to ensure the long-lasting sealing of leaks. To date, avoided losses of natural gas are enough to fuel a 119 MW power plant.
In Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, more than 21 million people rely on natural gas to provision their homes, businesses, and factories with energy. A substantial amount of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is more than 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas, is released due to the local gas distribution company's outdated and deteriorated network. To reduce and prevent natural gas leaks, the project financed the purchase and import of specialized equipment, called Leak Detectors and Hi-Flow Samplers, along with advanced sealant materials to ensure long lasting sealing of any leaks that were identified by the program. To date, specially trained staff have checked more than 500,000 gas risers, identifying and repairing more than 37,000 leaks. Avoided losses of natural gas are enough to fuel a 119-MW power plant.
In addition to delivering emission reductions to take climate action (SDG 13), the project supports other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3): Risks of accidents and hazardous pollution from gas leaks are reduced. The repairs also address low-pressure problems that leave some customers unable to cook and heat their homes.
Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7): Bangladesh is struggling to meet a growing energy need of its population. Due to a shortage of domestic natural gas, the nation has lately forced to start importing liquefied natural gas (LNG). This initiative eliminates the need for LNG imports, which may cost up to five times as much as local LNG.
Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8): Bangladesh is among the 50 least developed countries in the world, where poor infrastructure hampers rapid development. International experts trained 70 members from local communities to find and fix leaks, while a further 30 support staff were employed.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9): Specialized technology and techniques have been transferred to support the development of sustainable infrastructure. Due to a lack of social power and awareness among the residents in certain locations, gas leaks were discovered to be far more prevalent there. Networks in underserved regions accounted for the greatest number of gas leak repairs, as they had been neglected for many years.
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