Complete ban on setting up CNG stations: NA informed

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Syed Naveed Qamar on Monday informed the National Assembly that there was a complete ban on establishing new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in the country.

Replying to various supplementary questions during Question-Hour, he said local administration issues non objection certificate (NoC) for establishing new CNG stations and petrol pumps.

Over 23 million tons crude oil was imported during the last three years. Oil refineries are processing mixture of imported and locally produced crude oil, he added.

Giving the break up, the minister said 8.42 million tons crude oil was imported in 2007-08, 8.06 million tons in 2008-09 and 6.89 million tons in 2009-10.

He said over 21 million tons crude oil was refined in local refineries while 7.33 million tons crude oil was produced in the country in the said period.

To another question, Naveed Qamar said Kunnar, Pasakhi Deep Tando Allah Yar and Sinjhoro fields would start production in the near future and the estimated accumulative production from both these fields would be 315 Million cubic feet (MMCFD) per day which would also help bridge gap between the demand and supply.

He said total average domestic gas production of the country is about 4200 MMCFD per day and supply from both the fields would add about 7.5 per cent gas to the national distribution net work.