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For information on Bangladesh Fuel contact details, please see the following link: 

4.7 Bangladesh Fuel Provider Contact List

Bangladesh is the nineteenth-largest producer of natural gas in Asia. Gas supplies meet 56% of domestic energy demand. However, the country faces an acute energy crisis in meeting the demands of its vast and growing population. Bangladesh is a net importer of crude oil and petroleum products. The energy sector is dominated by state-owned companies, including Petrobangla and the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation. Chevron, ConocoPhilips, Statoil, Gazprom and ONGC are major international companies engaged in Bangladesh's hydrocarbon industry, with Chevron's gas fields accounting for 50% of natural gas production. (Source: Wikipedia, July 2018)

Fuel Pricing

Fuel Prices per Litre as of: June 2018

(local currency and USD - $)

Petrol

86 taka/L        1.03 USD/L

Diesel

65 taka/L         0.78USD/L

Octane

89 taka/L         1.07USD/L

Kerosene

65 taka/L         0.78USD/L

Seasonal Variations 

  • March, April, May – irrigation seasons hence demand for power also goes up during drought season.
  • LPG & CNG – No seasonal variations
  • Seasonal variations do not have an impact on Aviation Fuel, Gasoline and Petrol.
  • However it does have an impact on Diesel. Hence Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation makes necessary arrangements to import more quantities of Diesel during the irrigation season lasting from November to April to meet these increased demands.
  • Local production in case of LPG & CNG and import of Aviation Fuel, Diesel, Gasoline and Kerosene are enough to meet the country requirements.
  • Bangladesh has not experienced a lack of fuel in for the last twenty years due to an effective order processing mechanism in place for import of fuel even during flood and emergency situations.

Are there national priorities in the availability of fuel? (Yes / No)

Yes for LPG / CNG No for Jet A1

Is there a rationing system? (Yes / No)

n/a

Is fuel to lower income/vulnerable groups subsidized? (Yes / No)

Yes

Can the local industry expand fuel supply to meet humanitarian needs? (Yes / No)

n/a

Is it possible for a humanitarian organization to contract directly a reputable supplier/distributor to provide its fuel needs? (Yes / No)

Yes

Fuel Transportation

  • Shipped to Chittagong, then transferred by coastal and river boats / barges to the regional depots, then trucked to the distribution points.
  • LPG & CNG – Through pipelines
  • All major fuel depots as well as one refinery are located in the port city of Chittagong:
    • 88% of fuel Transportation is undertaken by river mode of transport
    • 7% by railways
    • 5% by roads
  • Fuel is transported in Tankers by roads, special wagons by trains, shallow draft tankers where depth of water is between 6 to 7 feet and by coastal tanker where depth of water is between 12 to 13 feet.
  • Capacity of a Shallow Draft is 500 MT maximum whereas that of a coastal Tanker is 1.000 to 1.500 MT.
  • The transportation infrastructure and fleet are not sufficient to handle current domestic needs as well as increased demand from the humanitarian community

Standards, Quality and Testing

Industry Control Measures

Tanks with adequate protection against water mixing with the fuel

(Yes / No)

Yes

Filters in the system, monitors where fuel is loaded into aircraft

(Yes / No)

Yes

Adequate epoxy coating of tanks on trucks

(Yes / No)

Yes

Presence of suitable fire fighting equipment

(Yes / No)

Yes

Standards Authority

Is there a national or regional standards authority? (Yes / No)

Yes

If yes, are the standards adequate/properly enforced? (Yes / No)

Adequate

Testing Laboratories

Are there national testing laboratories? (Yes / No)

Yes

Fuel Quality Testing Laboratory –

Name 

Bangladesh Standards & Testing Institution

Address

Maan Bhaban 116/A, Tejgaon Industrial Area, Dhaka-1208

Telephone and Fax

Tel: 880-28821462, 9897960, 9880007, 9131582, 9894888, 9898115

Fax: 880-2-9131581

Contact

Director General - info@bsti.gov.bd

Standards Used

Refined fuel is tested after international standard the same day as it is forwarded to the distribution companies. The following tests are conducted to check for quality measures on imported as well as locally produced fuel.  Standards are fitting with the International Standards

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

The information for the next chapters is specific to the area of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh:

Fuel Overview

Fuel in Cox’s Bazar is supplied from fuel companies with offices in Chittagong.  Fuel is transported by tanker between Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar along the Chittagong-Cox’s bazar Highway. There are a 4 fuel suppliers in Cox’s Bazar.

A list of fuel suppliers in Bangladesh can be found at the following link: Fuel Provider Contact List . Historically there have been situations where fuel shortages were experienced in Cox’s Bazar District due to flooding along the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway.  However, recently this has not been an issue as fuel suppliers have created fuel depots in Cox’s Bazar to preposition fuel in the event that overland transport is restricted. 

Information may also be found at: http://www.mytravelcost.com/petrol-prices/ which is updated monthly. 

Fuel Pricing

Fuel prices are fixed by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) centrally and the same price is applicable for entire country irrespective of distance in the fuel pump/stations. The latest price is as below. However, there are some small businessman who purchase fuel from pumps/stations and sell on a small scale at a higher price which can affect fuel prices in the Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf areas. Organizations can arrange for direct transportation and supply of fuel to their facility through a fuel supplier, prices should remain the same rate as below.

 

Fuel Prices per Litre as of: June 2018

(local currency and USD - $)

Petrol

86 taka/L        1.03 USD/L

Diesel

65 taka/L         0.78USD/L

Octane

89 taka/L         1.07USD/L

Kerosene

65 taka/L         0.78USD/L

Seasonal Variations 

No seasonal variations in fuel availability or price have been reported directly during the Monsoon season (June-July).  However, fuel availability can be restricted due to effects of the monsoon season such as landslides or flooding which temporarily will restrict vehicle access to regions such as Ukhiya or Teknaf.

Seasonal Variations in Cox’s Bazar

Are there national priorities in the availability of fuel? (i.e. are there restrictions or priorities for the provision of fuel such as to the military?)

Yes for LPG / CNG No for Jet A1

Is there a rationing system?

n/a

Is fuel to lower income / vulnerable groups subsidized?

Yes

Can the local industry expand fuel supply to meet humanitarian needs?

n/a

Is it possible for a humanitarian organization to directly contract a reputable supplier / distributor to provide its fuel needs?

Yes

Fuel Storage 

There are fuel storage depots in Cox’s Bazar which store fuel in the event that road access is cut off between Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar.  In the event that restricted access between Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar is predicted, increased levels of fuel can be stored in Cox’s Bazar.  In the case of Jamuna Oil Company, they regularly have 7 days of fuel stored in Cox’s Bazar.  If weather predictions indicate that there could be restrictions in access caused by a cyclone or heavy rain then fuel storage in Cox’s Bazar can be doubled to 14 days of fuel storage.

 

Jamuna Oil Company Limited

 

Regular Storage/Emergency Storage

Diesel

50,000L / 100,000L

Octane

20,000L / 50,000L

Petrol

20,000L / 20,000L

Fuel Transportation

In Cox’s Bazar, fuel is transported from Chittagong by tanker truck.  There are no ports within Cox’s Bazar district that fuel is transported to by barge or tanker nor are there SOPs in place to transport fuel by sea should road transport be cut off due to natural or man-made emergency.  As there is one highway used to transport fuel there is the possibility of fuel shipments from Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar being cut off for 2-3 days due to flooding of the highway.  However, the companies supplying fuel to Cox’s Bazar maintain contingency fuel stores within Cox’s Bazar to mitigate any gap in fuel transport. At any time there is a 7 day supply of fuel stored in Cox’s Bazar.  The amount of stockpiled fuel can be doubled by fuel companies should restriction in transport be forseen.

Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilla’s do not have fuel storage facilities in place to stockpile fuel and rely on unbroken land transport from Cox’s Bazar.  During monsoon season, the Ukhiya-Teknaf Highway and Marine Drive are known to flood in places which will restrict traffic for 2-3 days at a time.  During this time, resupply routes for fuel to these areas in Cox’s Bazar district could be cut-off for a few days.

Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities. 

Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider.

For information on Bangladesh Fuel contact details, please see the following link: 

4.7 Bangladesh Fuel Provider Contact List