Gas shortfall rises to 4000 MMCFD

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad—Gas shortfall has risen to 4000 mmcfd despite eighty two gas discoveries since the assumption of power by the PML (N) government.
Record discoveries have been made in the present government but due to depletion of existing gas fields, the shortfall has risen to 4000 mmcfd. The total demand is 8000 mmcfd.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi said this while responding to queries of Members in the National Assembly on Thursday.
He said the shortfall in gas will be met from LNG imports and gas pipeline projects. One LNG is already terminal while the second one will be become in June next year. The government is also planning to construct the third terminal in Gwadar. Gas pipelines project worth six billion dollars have been initiated to carry this gas to the consumers, said Khaqan Abbassi.
The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the lower house the government is committed to complete Western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project before 2018.
He said the government is utilizing funds from its PSDP for the execution of CPEC related projects.
The Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael told the House that District level Committees are being made functional from next monzth in order to ensure human rights protection at the gross root level.
Talking the floor on Thursday, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah bitterly criticized the government for failing to address the problems of farmers despite tall claims.
He said we increased support price of crops as well as gave unprecedented raise in salaries to employees in order to provide relief to the middle class. He urged the government to reduce the prices of fertilizers keeping in view the current price as well as the prevailing prices of the commodity in the neighbouring India.

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