The gas crisis hampers clothing production in 6 areas
Production at textile factories in parts of Savar, Narayanganj, Dhamrai, Manikganj, Gazipur and Chattogram has been severely affected due to the shortage of gas in industrial units.
Millers fear losing work orders if production cannot be continued.
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Many factories have operated at 50 to 60% of their capacity due to the lower gas pressure in industrial facilities.
The millers also stated that the gas pressure is so low that sometimes the pressure reaches 1.5 pounds per square inch (psi) although they have been approved at 10 PSI or more than 10 PSI for operation.
Md Mosharaf Hossain, chairman of Mosharaf Group, one of the main spinners, said that with good gas pressure he could produce 140 tons of yarn in one day, but the production dropped to 100 tons of yarn in one day. a day now.
“I have been dealing with gas pressure issues over the past month and my investment is currently struggling due to the drop in yarn production,” Hossain told The Daily Star.
Hossain’s investment in his Bhabanipur spinning mill in Gazipur is Tk 2,000 crore, he said.
Echoing Hossain’s views, Khorshed Alam, president of Little Star Spinning Mills Ltd, said his plant’s output had dropped to 13,000 pounds from 22,000 pounds per day.
His daily production loss from his Ashulia spinning mill, which mainly produces 80 carded yarns, is Tk26lakh due to a lack of gas supply. Its plant has operated at 60% of its capacity in recent months.
Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited (TGTDCL) assured it to supply gas with adequate pressure, but the assurance has yet to materialize, he said.
The Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), the platform for the primary textile sector like spinning, weaving and dyeing, sent a letter to Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, the Prime Minister’s energy adviser, on Wednesday seeking a solution for higher gas pressure. to operate their industrial units.
Ali Iqbal Md Nurullah, Managing Director of TGTDCL, said improving gas supply depends on the availability of gas in pipelines. “However, the gas supply situation is expected to improve soon as we work on the issue,” he said.
Victims should also contact Petrobangla officials so that the state-owned gas exploration and production company is also aware of the gas crisis in the country.
Currently, some 450 spinning mills supply 80 percent of the yarn to local hosiery factories. They are the main consumers of gas.
Mohammad Ali Khokon, chairman of BTMA, said in the letter that local garment exporters could lose working orders from retailers and international brands if spinners and weavers cannot supply yarn and fabrics in a timely manner. .
Moreover, the $ 10 billion investment in the primary textile sector would be in trouble if the gas supply cannot be improved as soon as possible, industry officials also said.