Secretary Petroleum briefs Prime Minister on gas situation

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has directed the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to take immediate steps to resolve the issues of gas supply to both domestic and industrial sectors. The Prime Minister gave these directions while chairing a meeting on LNG and gas import in the Prime Minister’s House today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, briefed the meeting that 100 MMCFD gas from Hyderabad Gas Field would be available within a month. This gas would be put into the national system to ease pressure of gas outages on the domestic and industrial consumers, the Secretary said.

The Secretary Petroleum further said that KPK would get 15 MMCFD gas from Kohat Gas Field immediately which would be put into the national system.

The Secretary further said that the government had taken emergency measures to address the gas shortage in Rawalpindi and Islamabad and it was able to resolve t to the extent of 80%.

The Secretary said that the negotiations with CNG Association were underway in order to rationalize the supply of gas to the CNG stations. He said that priority would be given to the domestic consumers in these negotiations.

The Secretary further said that it was also decided to negotiate terms with the industrial sector aimed at ensuring uninterrupted supply of gas to the households.

The Ministry of Petroleum informed that the Steering Committee consisting of Chief Minister Baluchistan, Foreign Minister, and Secretaries of Finance and Petroleum Ministries had approved the financial consultancy for Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline, which was a major step forward as far as the project was concerned.

The Secretary apprised the meeting that 750 MMCFT more gas would be flowing into the system by November 2014, which would be sufficient to meet the 40% country’s gas deficiency.

The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of the Ministries for undertaking major steps on fast-track basis.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Minister for Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain, Secretary Finance Dr Waqar Masood Khan, Secretary Water and Power Imtiaz Hussain Qazi, Secretary Petroleum Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry, Secretary Cabinet Ms Nargis Sethi, Chairman NEPRA Khalid Saeed, Chairman FBR Salman Saddique, Chairman OGRA Sabir Hussain, Chairman Port Qasim Authority Vice Admiral Muhammad Shafique, and MD Private Power and Infrastructure Board N.A. Zuberi.

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