Digital Desk, New Delhi. According to a Geo News report, the Pakistan government has decided to continue supplying gas to the power and fertilizer sectors, while domestic and industrial consumers in the country will face major gas shortages during the winter season. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE) during a meeting on Thursday, chaired by Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar. The News International reported that the supply of gas to dedicated consumers, including CCOE power and fertilizer plants, would remain stable.
RLNG will be provided during 2021-22 with additional supply to power plants on SNGPL supply. The power sector losses will be compensated through furnace oil. Any gas saved from captive power plants will be diverted to export-oriented industries. The Geo News report quoted official sources as saying that like every year, this year also Pakistan could be in the grip of a major gas crisis due to many reasons. One of the reasons for the gas shortage is that local gas discoveries have seen a decline, hence domestic gas reserves are depleting, sources said, adding that a few years back the local gas supply was 4,300 mmcfd, but now it is less. and is at 3,300 mmcfd.
Imports of RLNG have also faced difficulties, and Pakistan used to supply 1,200 mmcfd of gas through RLNG a few years ago, but now only 1,000 mmcfd of gas is being supplied. Official sources said there was a need to find out why the two RLNG terminals could not be set up. Had they been there, the country could have imported 1,200 mmcfd of more gas through RLNG.