It has been planned by the government to impose a surcharge on the gas consumers to recover the re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) cost. This was announced by the
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Petroleum Nadeem Babar.
According to the details, Babar unveiled that the gas companies requested the federal government to come up with a plan for RLNG sales to domestic and commercial users.
He said, “Former minister for petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi introduced RLNG as a petroleum product in 2016, which needs to be redefined as gas again through an Act of parliament.”
Economic Coordination Committee’s (ECC) approval will be sought for a price mechanism. Later it would be sent to the federal cabinet for approval.
He said, “We have already completed work on 12 km of the proposed pipeline and are awaiting approval for the Right of Way to lay the remaining 5km pipeline.”
According to Babar out of requirement of 1,200 million cubic feet of gas per day in Sindh, only in Karachi 900 mmcfd was used.
Babar stated, “The government is compelled to show progress on the proposed pipeline till February 2021 in line with a directive of the Supreme Court in the gas infrastructure development case.”
Furthermore, he said, “The government and refineries have agreed on most of the points under the new policy structure for upgrading and a draft will be submitted to the federal cabinet for approval within one month.”