Sector: LPG

Autogas speeds up in Bangladesh

Can you name five countries where there is no autogas whatsoever? Bangladesh certainly isn't one of them – refueling infrastructure is under construction and now the fuel is getting prioritised by the authorities to accelerate its adoption. Head on for details!
LPG-powered auto rickshaws lining up to refuel at a station in Bangladesh© auto-gas.netWith 500 stations underway, we expect autogas to race to popularity in next to no time!

As previously reported by, the first autogas retail point in Bangladesh was launched in July 2016, exactly a year ago. The original plan announced back then was to have 500 such stations within two years and now we have confirmation it wasn't just a pipe dream – four companies (Orion, Beximco, Omera and Bashundhara) have been given approval to develop the refueling infrastructure. At first only Beximco was supposed to be responsible for carrying out the entire project, but with new players joining the table there is greater chance of achieving the goals set in 2016.

Appropriate regulation has followed suit – a document titled Setting up of auto gas refuelling station and conversion workshop and management and maintenance policy 2016 has been formulated and is now the foundation of the blossoming autogas industry in Bangldesh. The purpose of the paper is to set some ground rules as far as safety and management are concerned. An additional document called LPG operational licensing policy 2017 has been drafted to further help organise the sector in its formative years. This is the right way to go – setting up rules right from the start serves conversion quality and safety of use, helping avoid formation of stereotypes of autogas being a hazardous, unreliable fuel. Bangladesh, we'll keep our fingers crossed for you!


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Robert Markowski
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