Unlocking potential of LPG

Catalyzing a cleaner Bangladesh

Azam J. Chowdhury | Monday, 16 October 2023

As we stand at the intersection of progress and promise, the journey of Bangladesh towards a cleaner and sustainable energy future is being propelled by the dynamic growth of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry. On behalf of the LPG Operators Association of Bangladesh (LOAB), I extend my heartfelt appreciation to The Financial Express for dedicating this valuable supplement to shed light on the crucial role LPG plays in shaping a cleaner and healthier Bangladesh.
A Heartfelt Thank You
The Financial Express has consistently been at the forefront of disseminating insightful news and fostering informed discussions within the business landscape of Bangladesh. Your dedication to highlighting the transformational journey of the LPG industry is a testament to your commitment towards advocating for sustainable energy solutions in our country.
A Vision of Growth: The LPG Industry in Bangladesh
In recent years, the LPG industry in Bangladesh has experienced unprecedented growth, marking its pivotal role in revolutionizing the domestic energy landscape. The surge in demand for LPG can be attributed to its affordability, efficiency, and, most significantly, its status as a clean cooking fuel. With an acute focus on promoting cleaner energy alternatives, the government of Bangladesh has been instrumental in catalyzing this transformation.
From a modest beginning, the LPG industry has grown from strength to strength, now standing at a market size of 1.5 million tonnes per year. However, the potential for growth is immense. Our vision is to propel this industry to a 6 million tonnes annual market, thereby making LPG a household name across the nation.
Opportunities in Abundance
The road to an annual market of 6 million tonnes is laden with opportunities waiting to be seized. Among these, investment in infrastructure stands as a critical enabler. The expansion of storage facilities, bottling plants, and transportation networks will be pivotal in accommodating the burgeoning demand for LPG. Moreover, technological integration will be instrumental in optimizing operations, ensuring a seamless supply chain, and further enhancing safety standards.
Embracing the Challenges
Challenges, though present, serve as catalysts for innovation and transformation. The LPG industry in Bangladesh faces hurdles in the form of supply chain disruptions, regulatory compliance, and the need for substantial infrastructure development. Our determination to overcome these challenges is unwavering, bolstered by a unified industry and our collaborative efforts with government bodies.
Our Pledge: Safety, Reliability, and Sustainability
At LOAB, we stand united in our commitment to promoting the safe and reliable use of LPG. Safety remains at the core of our operations, and we strive to ensure that every household in Bangladesh can access LPG without any compromise on safety standards. Additionally, we advocate for sustainability, encouraging responsible consumption and the environmentally conscious use of LPG.
In conclusion, the LPG Operators Association of Bangladesh envisions a future where LPG is the cornerstone of clean energy consumption in our nation. Together, we are steadfast in our resolve to unlock the industry's full potential and contribute to a cleaner, greener Bangladesh.
Thank you once again to The Financial Express for showcasing the transformative journey of the LPG industry. We look forward to continuing this collaborative effort in driving Bangladesh towards a cleaner and more sustainable future.

The writer is President of LPG Operators Association of Bangladesh (LOAB)