Efforts being made to lift ban on new gas connections: NA told


ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday informed the National Assembly that efforts were being made to lift ban on new domestic gas connections.

Winding up debate on the motion that the government should take steps to do away with gas load-shedding in the country, the minister said ban was imposed on domestic gas connections in 2011.

The government, he said, had also accelerated the efforts of domestic exploration of oil and gas to meet energy shortage in the country.
Shahid Abbasi said there were 33 per cent increase in the exploration with 54 per cent success ratio.

The exploration process, he added, would be further accelerated. Some 90 new discoveries had been made in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The minister said the country’s oil production had crossed 100,000 barrels per day for the first time.

Shahid Khaqan said the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) was a big achievement of the incumbent government to meet the ever-increasing energy demand. There would be 33 per cent increase in the LNG import by July next year.

With the import of LNG, he said, industry and fertilizer plants were getting supply of gas.

The minister said there was 40 per cent increase in the domestic consumers of gas in winter and steps were being taken to fulfill the requirement.

Regarding Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Project, the minister said the government had made efforts to move forward on the project but progress was not possible till lifting of complete international sanctions on Iran.

He said work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India project was started in December last year and hoped that it would be completed in four years.

After completion, Pakistan would be able to get gas through that project, he added.