Proposal under consideration for lifting of moratorium on new gas schemes, NA told

Islamabad—The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that a proposal is under consideration before the Cabinet for the lifting of moratorium on new gas schemes. The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad with Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the chair.
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resource Jam Kamal told the House during question hour that a special Cabinet committee will also be constituted to work out a framework for this purpose. He said the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) is providing domestic gas connections in its area of operation as per the merit.
The Minister of State said the imported LNG is being given to the CNG, fertilizers, power sector and the industries. He said the government is working on different projects to fill the gap of gas shortages. These include the construction of new LNG terminals and the expansion of gas pipeline network by SNGPL and SSGPL. He said the completion of the remaining two terminals by 2017 will help meet gas shortages.
Parliamentary Secretary for Science and Technology Muhammad Talal Chaudhry told the House that restructuring of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority has been proposed to meet the best international practices. He said a summary in this regard is under consideration of the Cabinet for approval.—SABAH

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