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APCNGA lauds Govt decision to deregulate CNG prices

Rawalpindi, December 20, 2016 (PPI-OT):The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) has lauded the decision of the government to deregulate prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) countrywide terming it a great step which will revive the Rs 450 billion industry.

The government recently approved the deregulation of CNG prices for Sindh and KP on the pattern of Punjab through the re-enactment of an amendment of the Ogra law under which the regulator was required to notify CNG prices, it said.

It has ended the role of Ogra in determining prices leaving pricing issue to the market forces following the suit of Punjab where the prices have already been deregulated, said Central Chairman of APCNGA Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha.

In a statement issued here today, he said that the decision will pave way for healthy competition among the owners of the CNG filling stations which will benefit consumers while it will be attracting investment in the ailing sector.

He said that the decision will resolve many outstanding issues of the CNG industry as the owners of the CNG filling stations would be free to fix price of the fuel.

This will also have a positive impact on the number of litigation in the courts since last four years as a good number of cases would be disposed automatically, he added.

Ghiyas Paracha said that now government will decide the price of gas, electricity and ration of taxes while CNG owners will decide about price of fuel as they will not have to wait for the Ogra decision regarding pricing of the fuel.

He said that now many CNG stations would be able to serve the masses round the clock which will also help reduce pollution in the urban centres.

For more information, contact:
All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA)
1056-D, First Floor, Satellite Town, Hyderi Chowk,
Said Pur Road, Rawalpindi
Tel: +92-51-4429441, +92-51-4317174
Fax: +92-51-4429461
Web: www.apcnga.org
E-Mail: info@apcnga.org

Compressed Natural Gas will be kept cheaper than petrol: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Rawalpindi, May 26, 2016 (PPI-OT):Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that government is very serious in resolving energy crisis which has compromised growth rate. He said that the production of electricity will exceed demand within two years while there would be no scarcity of gas which was unleash a new era of progress and prosperity.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said this while speaking at inauguration ceremony of Universal Gas Distribution Company (UGDC) which has for the very first time in history of Pakistan obtained licence of import and market natural gas. The Minister said that gas is very important part of the nation’s energy mix which cannot be overlooked. Gas has been discovered from 71 wells during the tenure of incumbent government but it hasn’t boosted production as many gas fields depleted during the same time, he said.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that RLNG-based CNG would be kept well below the price of petrol otherwise the Rs450 billion industry will not survive. He said that government is very serious in containing energy crisis that’s why a private company has been awarded licence to import and market gas which will benefit consumers and bring improvement in the working of gas utilities.

Last year government spent substantial amount of foreign exchange to import a million tonnes of urea while presently around 1.5million tonnes of urea is surplus in the country due to availability of gas for which credit goes to LNG, he said. He added that industry and CNG stations in Punjab are now running providing jobs to millions and revenue to the government due to availability of gas which has forced us to establish more LNG terminals and gas pipeline from Karachi to Lahore.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that power generation for Thar coal is matter of time while the fuel complying to euro standard will be available soon in the market which will have a very positive impact on environment and engines. Earlier, President FPCCI Raul Alam, Chairman of UGDC Brigadier Iftikhar, CEO UGDC Ghiyas Paracha, President Petroleum Dealers Association Abdul Sami Khan and others lauded the selfless efforts of petroleum minister to improve energy situation in the country.

They said that they are satisfied with the performance of the government and will extend all out cooperation to settle energy crisis which has become a threat to the economic revival. The speakers demanded establishment of LNG terminals and gas pipelines on fast track saying that involving private sector in the gas business will have a very positive impact on the overall situation.

For more information, contact:
All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA)
1056-D, First Floor, Satellite Town, Hyderi Chowk,
Said Pur Road, Rawalpindi
Tel: +92-51-4429441, +92-51-4317174
Fax: +92-51-4429461
Web: www.apcnga.org
E-Mail: info@apcnga.org

Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha lauds efforts of Prime Minister which has materialised Liquefied Natural Gas import and distribution plan in record time

Rawalpindi, October 26, 2015 (PPI-OT):The All Pakistan CNG Association on Monday lauded the selfless efforts of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which has materialised LNG import and distribution plan in record time. The positive impact of LNG import would soon be felt across the country as it will help reduce energy scarcity, it said.

The frequent supply chain disruption has been brought under control as the gas is being fed to consumer without any interruption since two months, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA. In a statement issued here today, he said that OGRA has issued notification to reduce prices of RLNG which would provide relief to CNG operators and tens of millions of people.

Ghiyas Paracha also lauded the tireless efforts of petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi which resulted in functioning of hundreds of CNG stations in Punjab which were on the brink. The leader of the CNG sector said that the efforts of the Government is set to reduce oil import bill, unemployment and pollution and thousands of laid off workers have been recalled to work at CNG filling stations.

The initiatives have sent a very positive signal which is evident from the decision of automakers who have against started producing CNG-fitted vehicles. Ghiyas Paracha said that LNG pipeline deal is a great achievement of the government which will not only subside energy crisis in Punjab but also impact the energy situation in other provinces which will improve economy, revenue and job market.

For more information, contact:
All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA)
1056-D, First Floor, Satellite Town, Hyderi Chowk,
Said Pur Road, Rawalpindi
Tel: +92-51-4429441, +92-51-4317174
Fax: +92-51-4429461
Web: www.apcnga.org
E-Mail: info@apcnga.org

All Pakistan Compress Natural Gas Association terms Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline agreement between Pakistan and Russia highly significant

Rawalpindi, October 16, 2015 (PPI-OT): The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Friday welcomed the agreement between Pakistan and Russia for construction of 1100 kilometre pipeline to transport LNG from Karachi to Lahore terming it beginning of the end of energy crisis which has crippled economy.

The pipeline will transport 12.4 billion cubic feet per annum out of which half would be used to generate 3600 MW electricity while the rest would help CNG, fertiliser and industrial sectors in Punjab run with uninterruptedly said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA.

The agreement would help change energy landscape of the country which is a great achievement of the Government however, construction on two more LNG terminals with 1000 bcf capacity is necessary to make it a success, he said.

Ghiyas Paracha said that distribution of gas should be improved by laying new pipelines so that the situation could be improved. He said that Prime Minister of Petroleum Minister should personally monitor development of the project to ensure unhindered development and timely completion which will revolutionise economy.

The leader of the CNG sector said that all the concerned departments should be cleared of corrupt, incompetent and conspirators while experienced officials of good repute should be posted for the success of project. Gas companies should be directed to minimise increasing transmission and distribution losses which is of vital importance to this landmark initiative, he said.

For more information, contact:
All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA)
1056-D, First Floor, Satellite Town, Hyderi Chowk,
Said Pur Road, Rawalpindi
Tel: +92-51-4429441, +92-51-4317174
Fax: +92-51-4429461
Web: www.apcnga.org
E-Mail: info@apcnga.org

Compressed Natural Gas sector expresses reservations over illegal taxation

Rawalpindi, August 04, 2015 (PPI-OT): Leader of the CNG sector Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha on Tuesday said FBR has been illegally collecting enhanced sales tax and income tax from the CNG sector. The illegal collection of taxes from CNG sector can compromise its ability of operate and serve masses, he said. In a statement issued here today, Ghiyas Paracha said that delay in resolution of the issue of tax will increase problems for all the stakeholders therefore it must be resolved on preference.

He said that Supreme Court had directed the government to slash 26 percent sales tax on the CNG sector to seventeen percent which was not followed. Rather a deceptive formula was introduced which shows the sales tax at 17 percent but its impact on CNG operators is not less than thirty two percent.

The leader of the CNG sector said that some sectors have been exempted from taxes while others are getting relaxations while the CNG sector that pay taxes in advance is being pushed to the wall.
He said that CNG sector wants to pay taxes the way other sectors are paying it which will bring discrimination to an end. Delay in resolution of the issue will further complicate matters for all stakeholders, he warned.

For more information, contact:
All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA)
1056-D, First Floor, Satellite Town, Hyderi Chowk,
Said Pur Road, Rawalpindi
Tel: +92-51-4429441, +92-51-4317174
Fax: +92-51-4429461
Web: www.apcnga.org
E-Mail: info@apcnga.org

Pakistan may not be able to import gas from Tehran despite a nuclear deal between Iran and United State: Business leader

Rawalpindi, July 27, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan may not be able to import gas from Tehran despite a nuclear deal between Iran and US which has renewed hopes for improved economic ties between the neighbouring countries, a business leader said Monday. Iran has completed its part of the pipeline to transport 750 mmcfd gas to Pakistan while Islamabad has started implementation of 880 km of pipeline but it hasn’t considered upgradation of gas distribution network, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, central leader of the APCNGA.

In a statement issued here today, he said that existing old-fashioned gas infrastructure cannot sustain the pressure of Iranian gas therefore it must be improved immediately otherwise all efforts to tame energy crisis through Iran gas will go down the drain.

Ghiyas Paracha said that Pakistan initiated efforts to import LNG a decade back but gas utilities didn’t upgraded capacity of pipelines which has resulted in underutilisation of LNG. The LNG terminal can handle 660 mmcfd gas but the pipelines cannot transport over 325 mmcfd which is another example of mismanagement and incompetence of gas companies for which country and masses are made to pay the price.

He said that LNG and Iranian gas is costly than the locally produced natural gas therefore gas companies should be asked to reduced gas losses standing at 14 percent to internationally accepted standard of 1.5 to 2 percent. The business leader asked the government to take stern action against officials foiling efforts to reduce losses in transmission and distribution and contain theft of gas.

For more information, contact:
All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA)
1056-D, First Floor, Satellite Town, Hyderi Chowk,
Said Pur Road, Rawalpindi
Tel: +92-51-4429441, +92-51-4317174
Fax: +92-51-4429461
Web: www.apcnga.org
E-Mail: info@apcnga.org