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March 13, 2015

Japanese Pre-Paid Gas Meters May Solve Supply-Demand Problem in Bangladesh
A JICA study may result in an alternative to the current fixed rate, all-you-can-use system

photoInstalled pre-paid gas meters

JICA is helping a Bangladeshi company determine whether Japanese pre-paid gas meters can help solve the problem of wasteful use under the current fixed-rate, all-you-can-use system.

In Bangladesh, gas for households is provided at a fixed rate, which encourages unlimited use. As a result, gas power plants are forced to stop their operations because of insufficient gas in the country.

With a prepaid gas meter, a customer pays in advance and when the credit is used up, the supply of gas stops until more credit is purchased.

Helios Holding Co. Ltd, a Japanese private company, is conducting the study together with JICA and Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Co. Ltd. (TGTDCL). Helios, with the assistance of TGTDCL, has installed 200 prepaid gas meters in households of different income levels in Dhaka City to investigate the difference in the amount of gas consumption.

The study will also confirm the normal operation and effectiveness of built-in safety functions of gas meters (pressure sensors, seismic shut-off and automatic shut-off after lengthy use).

The study team will collect data on monthly basis for three months and submit the study report to JICA and TGTDCL by April 2015.

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