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Global Gas Crunch Leaves Bangladesh Facing Blackouts Until 2026

  • Bangladesh to buy less spot LNG on high prices, minister says
  • South Asia seeing severe LNG shortages as prices increase
A protest against the recent electricity crisis in Dhaka on July 25.

A protest against the recent electricity crisis in Dhaka on July 25.

Photographer: Rehman Asad/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Bangladesh faces another three years of rolling power cuts as the developing nation struggles to secure long-term supplies of natural gas and is priced out of spot markets. 

The South Asian country stopped purchasing spot liquefied natural gas cargoes in June because of volatile prices, and is considering sourcing more long-term supplies, Nasrul Hamid, the state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, said in an interview. However, producers including Qatar have indicated that they will only sell more contracted volumes from 2026, he said.