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Bangladesh eyes 36,000 biogas plants by 2012

In Bangladesh Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), a state-run non-banking financial institution, says it targets the installation of 36,000 biogas plants in the country by 2012.

Experts say only 3% of people in the country living in cities are now receiving natural gas through pipelines for their household cooking and 70% of the total population are not getting it.

Like developing countries, the people in remote areas of Bangladesh use dry wood, cow-dung and various other wastes for cooking, endangering forest resources and risking the environment. Under these circumstances, according to experts, there is no alternative for setting up large scale biogas plants as a source of energy to meet the growing demand.