Islamabad: The National Assembly was informed Friday that the government is making best efforts to ensure uninterrupted supply of gas to the domestic consumers and a number of projects underway to enhance the gas availability in the country.
Advisor for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr. Asim Hussain told the House in a written reply that as a short term measure, gap between demand and supply is bridged through curtailment of gas supplies in different sectors on SNGPL’s and SSGPL’s network including Fertilizer, General Industry and CNG Sectors.
He said awareness campaign is being launched through Print and Electronic Media for creating awareness amongst general public on conservation of natural gas.
The Advisor said to enhance gas availability the government is working on different projects including LNG import Project, Iran-Pakistan Pipeline, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India [TAPI], Promoting LPG Air-Mix Projects, Installation of LPG refuelling stations and Enhance exploration activities to add additional gas to the gas system.
To a question, he said that Pakistan section of the Pak-Iran gas pipeline is to be laid from Iran-Pakistan border up to Pakistan off-take, point at Nawabshah covering a distance of over 781 kilometer. He said the progress on the project is going on as per schedule.
To another question, he said that 72237 barrels of oil are being produced daily in the country while daily production of gas is 4072 million cubic feet.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira told the House that the present government renewed the drilling policy and a number of wells are being drilled in the country to meet the fuel demands.
He said the closure of CNG stations is not possible because a huge investment has been made in this sector.