Govt to end supply of subsidised gas to industry


ISLAMABAD: With supply deficiencies and unreasonable normal expense of gas, the public authority will pull out financed gas paces of $6.5 per unit for the modern area as initial segment of a three-staged tax justification plan.

A senior government official told Dawn that Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) had as of now moved an outline to the administrative bureau for finishing sponsored gas supply to the modern area, including hostage power plants, right away. He said a gathering of the bureau booked for Tuesday (tomorrow) is relied upon to take up the synopsis for a choice given direness of the matter.

“We can’t guarantee modest gas to the business when there is outrageous lack and imported gas is multiple times costly,” the authority said. “We have been convincing them [industry]to move to power which the public authority is prepared to give at lower rates, however there are no more choices. Those unfit to switch over would need to pay full expense of supply.”

The authority said the normal endorsed cost of nearby gas remained at about Rs645 per unit (million British warm units) while the conveyed cost of most recent LNG cargoes had gone past Rs5,000 per unit. The normal LNG (melted petroleum gas) deal value last month remained at about Rs2,730 per unit.

Homegrown gas supply to the product business and its hostage power plants as of now remains at Rs820-852 for each unit, while general industry is getting gas at Rs1,055, ice industrial facilities at Rs1,050 and CNG area at Rs1,370 per unit.

The new rates will be concluded dependent on the bureau’s choice.

The public authority has, in any case, given gas at a level pace of $6.5 per unit to the commodity business alongside power tax of 9.5 pennies per unit, other than a motivator bundle of Rs12.96 per unit on steady utilization. Gas deficiency in the organization is presently surpassing 400-500 million cubic feet each day.

Informed sources said this was essential for a three-staged levy legitimization under which the rates for private customers would be expanded after at some point, might be in the first or second quarter of next schedule year, contingent upon the financial political circumstance.

They said the initial two stages would then turn out to be essential for the third and last stage in which the public authority needed to set up an intricate weighted normal expense of gas framework including both nearby and imported gases since this likewise elaborate bigger counsels with the areas.

The sources clarified that initial two stages would decrease the monetary weight on the public authority and round obligation develop in the whole gas creation and supply network that presently runs into trillions of rupees, truly influencing the liquidity states of for the most part the public area majors like Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Pakistan Petroleum Limited, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited, other than different gas and oil providers and makers.

In July this year, Petroleum Secretary Dr Arshad Mahmood had affirmed before a Senate council that receivables of petrol organizations had gone past Rs1.178 trillion. These incorporate Rs400bn of OGDCL held up assets with different substances, Rs357 billion of the Pakistan State Oil, Rs57bn of treatment facilities, Rs78bn of expenses and Rs132bn of Power Holding Private Limited.

The general duty justification system will likewise address these payables and receivables through book change and others implies through cash installment or different instruments.

The government bureau had before this monetary year likewise chose to stop gas supply to the modern area for its hostage power plants and on second thought worked with new power associations and further developed power supplies.

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