ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khakan Abbasi Thursday told National Assembly that the natural gas supply to all other sectors has been exterminated in Punjab to meet the demands of domestic consumers.
Replyhing the Calling Attention Notice of Sajid Ahmed, Syed Asif Hasnain, Muhammad Rehan Hashmi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and Sardar Nabeel Ahmed Gabol, he said the production of natural gas has not been increased for the last 12 years. The import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) would be started from November this year. The demand of natural gas is double as comparing to supplies.
He said the successive governments had not taken any step for importing natural gas from abroad.
Surplus natural gas would be available in the country after five years as a number of plans have already been devised to increase the supply of natural gas in the country.
The mushroom growth of Compress Natural Gas (CNGs) stations has created shortage and scarcity to especially the tail enders in Sindh, he said.
A three-day CNG load shedding in Sindh would be observed. While gas would be available to industries for one day in a week in Sindh.
Responding to a question he said there is no ban on the issuing new domestic connections of natural gas in the country. There is no priority of the ministry. As many as 170,000 connections have already been issued.
The supply of natural gas from Turkmenistan would be started by end of 2017. The work on the project has already been expedited.