The demand for liquefied petroleum gasoline (LPG) has witnessed a pointy rise in Barishal metropolis lately, with many motor autos changing to such low-carbon emitting gasoline for its cost-effectiveness.
The town folks began to make use of LPG as a gasoline to run their cars when the primary LPG station, Hazi LPG, was arrange in early 2017. And, the variety of fuelling stations reached 5 – every sells 3,000-6,000 litres of gasoline every day, mentioned station house owners.
In 2017, the every day demand for LPG within the metropolis was 500 litres, which rose to five,000-10,000 litres in 2020. Day by day demand is now as much as round 25,000-35,000 litres, based on info from gasoline station house owners.
“We want a floating storage regasification unit or a system of importing gasoline on to Barishal to fulfill the large demand for LPG within the division, which can scale back the price of transporting LPG to the realm,” Stated Rezbul Karim Rezin, proprietor of Surovi LPG station in Nathullabad of the town.
To satisfy the rising demand for LPG, many present oil re-fuelling stations in Barishal plan to begin promoting autogas, whereas 25-30 new LPG stations can come into operation inside the subsequent few months, he added.
“I’ve added LPG service at my petrol station for LNG-run autos,” mentioned Mizanur Rahman, proprietor of Rajapur Filling Station in Jhalakathi.
At the moment, there are round 4,500 LPG-run autos in Barishal, together with three-wheelers, based on sources at Bangladesh Highway Transport Authority (BRTA), however LPG-station house owners say the quantity is likely to be as excessive as 5,000.
Round 10,000 folks within the metropolis rely on LNG-run three-wheelers for his or her livelihoods, mentioned sources at Nathullabad Tin Chaka Motorjaan Samity (Nathullabad Three-Wheeler Motor Automobile Affiliation).
“The town is filled with LPG-run three-wheelers. Just lately, many vehicles have been transformed to run on autogas to save lots of on gasoline prices,” mentioned Rezin.
At the moment, a litre of LPG prices Tk55, which is far decrease than petrol, octane, or diesel costs. An LPG-run car can go eight to 10 kilometres per litre of gasoline.
“An LPG car often wants 10-15 litres of gasoline per day, relying on the variety of journeys it makes,” mentioned Rakib, driver of an LPG auto rickshaw.
“LPG autos have gotten well-liked within the metropolis since they reduce down electrical energy consumption for charging battery-run autos,” mentioned Amir Hossain, director of Infra Polytechnic Institute within the metropolis.
Final yr, the BRTA in Barishal stopped issuing and renewing licences to three-wheelers that run on petrol or diesel.
LPG autos have additionally decreased sound and setting air pollution within the metropolis, mentioned sources on the BRTA in Barishal.
Diesel or petrol three-wheelers are very loud and pollute the air, whereas discarded batteries from electrical three-wheelers pollute the water and soil of Barishal, mentioned BRTA officers.