180 mmcfd additional gas to be added in system this winter: Ministry

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 6 (APP): The natural gas consumers would get 180
mmcfd additional gas during this winter after the government succeded to produce more gas from exploratory wells and injection of Regassified
Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) in the trasmission network.
“During this winter season, 180 mmcfd (million cubic feet per day)
additional gas will be added in the system, besides 400 ton Liquefied
Petroleum Gas (LPG) per day and 4,000 barrel crude oil per day,” official
sources in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources told APP.
The current government in last three years, they said, had so far
added 944 mmcfd gas in the system out of which 466 mmcfd came from new discoveries and 478 mmcfd gas from existing wells.
The sources said the government encouraged local as well as foreign
oil and gas companies to accelerate exploration and production acitivites to meet ever-increasing energy needs of the country that resulted in drilling of 319 wells and discovery of 90 oil and gas reserves.
Answering a question, they informed that no proposal was under
consideration to increase gas price despite the Oil and Gas Regulatory
Authority suggested 14 percent raise in the commodity rate.
They expressed hope that situation of gas supply would remain better
this winter as compared to previous year.
The government, the sources said, had initiated different gas related
projects worth Rs 800 billion, including setting up of LNG terminals and gas pipelines to meet the energy needs.