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LPG production stands at 1000 tons per day

June 3, 2014

The country is producing about 1000 tons Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) per day, which is less than one percent to the total energy supply mix.

According to Economic Survey 2013-14, launched by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at a press conference here on Monday, Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) is the pioneer of the natural gas industry, operating six producing fields in Sui, Kandhkot, Adhi, Mazarani, Chachar and Hala.

Given the fact that LPG is fast becoming a choice in the areas where natural gas distribution network is not available, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) issued two licenses for construction of LPG storage and filling plants during July-December 2013.

In addition, the authority has also issued 15 licenses for construction of LPG auto refueling stations in the country and during the same period the LPG infrastructure development witnessed Rs 0.264 billion where as the total investment in the sector till end of this fiscal year is estimated about Rs 17.464 billion.

Similarly, the natural gas and LPG are considered as cheaper than oil, but both are expensive than coal and fortunately Pakistan has huge coal resources estimated to exceed 185 billion tons which generally ranks from lignite to sub-bituminous.

The documents says, however, less focus has been given to this cheaper primary energy supply.

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Source: Balochistan Times (Pakistan)

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