Gas crisis- Noman Group’s Tongi units alone occurs loss of Tk. 20 crore

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Noman Group, the first Bangladeshi garment exporter is to cross the $1 billion-mark in its export earnings. But it has been reported that the company is observing a loss of more than Tk. 20 crore due to the gas crisis in Tongi area over last one month. Mohammad Abdullah Zaber, Deputy Managing Director of Noman Group, said production in the company’s factories, which are set up on 125 bighas of land at Tongi slumped more than 40 percent due to the gas crisis.

Figure 1: Noman Group office.
Figure 1: Noman Group office.

“To run the factories in full capacity, gas pressure of 8 pounds per square inch is required. But the pressure is lowered to about 2 psi now, he said. The other factories in Tongi are also facing the same problem”, he added.

Mir Mashiur Rahman, Managing Director of the state-owned Titas Gas Transmission & Distribution Co. Ltd, which supplies gas to that belt, acknowledged that the current gas pressure in Tongi is low. “The reason is two wells of Shahjibazar gas field at Brahmanbaria were damaged. The concerned field team has been working to repair the damage. I am hopeful the damage can be repaired by next week”, Rahman added.

Noman Group exports home textile and linen fabrics worth $480 million a year from the Tongi units alone, according to Zaber. “Our target is to grow our exports 30 percent in the next three years”, he said.

According to Zaber, Noman Group has 36 units, including spinning, home textile and garment, where 72,000 workers are employed. The total number of workers will cross one lakh if the proposed expansion plans are executed properly over the next two years. Noman group also cares about its employees by doing various welfare activities.

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