LPG production stands at 1,000 tonnes per day

ISLAMABAD: The country is producing about 1000 tonnes Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) per day, which is less than one percent to the total energy supply mix, said an official source on Tuesday. Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) is the pioneer of the natural gas industry, operating six fields in Sui, Kandhkot, Adhi, Mazarani, Chachar and Hala. Given the fact that LPG is fasting becoming a choice in the areas where natural gas distribution network is not available, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) issued two licences for the construction of LPG storage and filling plants during July-December 2013. In addition, the authority also issued 15 licences for the construction of LPG auto refuelling stations in the country and during the same period the LPG infrastructure development witnessed  Rs 0.264 billion investment whereas 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 cheaper than oil but both are expensive than coal. Fortunately Pakistan has huge coal resources estimated to exceed 185 billion tonnes which generally ranks from lignite to sub-bituminous. The source said, however, less focus has been given to this cheaper primary energy supply.

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