Dhaka, Jan. 25 -- Gas from the island district of Bhola will be added to the national grid in February, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said.

The gas will be transported to the mainland after conversion to Compressed Natural Gas instead of through pipelines, he said after the conference of deputy commissioners in Dhaka on Tuesday.

A new gas reserve has been discovered at Bhola North Well No. 2 amid the supply crisis and high global fuel price, from which the government expects 20 million cubic feet of gas per day.

Bangladesh extracts gas from 43 wells across 22 gas fields, and 10 could supply over 20 million cubic feet per day, making the new reserve in Bhola one of the largest in the country.