ASM Raisul M Hasan Shoaib, Director, SIM Group
Industrialization is a major reason for the economic development of a country. It plays a significant role in transforming the monetary structure of developing nations
Textile industry is a major contributor to the economic growth of any country. The contribution of gas as fuel to keep the wheel of this economy moving is immense. Gas is the cleanest and most economical fuel used in variety of applications such as dyeing, bleaching, drying, singing and heat-setting. Singing is done by passing the yarn/ fabric over a gas flame to burn the protruding material.
Gas is the economical fuel in the textile industry. Different types of gas are used as fuel in textile industry such as nitrogen gas, oxygen gas, sulphur di oxide gas, oxide of nitrogen gas etc. Nitrogen gas and oxygen scavengers are used to fading and color changing in dyed textiles. Nitrogen gas has flown under-the-radar in its benefits to textile production and processes. Nitrogen is one of the most sought after chemical molecules in many industrial manufacturing process. Due to its inert nature, this gas is widely used in textile factories.
Production in spinning mills in this peak season has remained halted over the past few month because of a severe crisis of gas for overhauling at the Bibiyana gas field.
Following the suspension in production, the millers are fearing that the export of garment items will be affected because of delayed supply of yarn to the export-oriented garment factories. Usually, textile and spinning mills require supplies of a substantial amount of gas.
The suffering spinning and textile mills are in the major industrial zones like Gazipur, Savar, Ashulia, Shreepur, Dhaka, Narayanganj, Narsingdi and Bhaluka.
Almost all major textile mills have remained shut over the past five to six days because of the severity of the gas crisis. We want a quick solution as we have to supply raw materials to our buyers
We have requested the government to ensure adequate gas supply for saving our export-oriented industry. If the government spends two to five billion [US] dollars from the forex reserve for a smooth gas supply to our industry, we will be able to give back 10–15 billion to the reserve in the coming days,
The country’s export-oriented textile sector has incurred production loss worth $1.75 billion in the last three months owing to the lack of enough natural gas supply to the factories, according to the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA).
The gas supply has been severely disrupted recently, where some factories run their production by shutting down 70% of its machinery. If the issue of gas shortage gets prolonged, the production of yarn will be disrupted significantly, which will have a negative impact on the country’s textile industry.