‘LNG being promoted as alternative fuel’
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has become an integrated part of energy consumption and is being promoted as an alternative fuel in the country, SNGPL Managing Director Amjad Latif said.
Meeting with a delegation of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), led by its president Abdul Basit, the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited official said the energy situation has taken a positive turn since the arrival of LNG as it has brought down the production cost of power generation units.
The gas losses have come down to 8 per cent from 12pc while further improvement would be witnessed with the passage of time, Mr Latif said.
“The SNGPL has also started giving new gas connections. This process will be expedited once the second LNG terminal becomes operational in August this year,” he added.
The LCCI president urged the SNGPL chief to expedite the issuance of new gas connection to the industry. “Industrial connections should be re-shifted from temporary RLNG to indigenous gas as it has increased the industrial input cost,” he said.
Old tariffs should be applied on revival of disconnected gas connections, he added.
Export decline concerns: Earlier in a meeting with TDAP Acting Secretary Dr Muhammad Usman, the LCCI president said continuous decline in exports is a matter of concern.
The TDAP should focus on exploring the market for Pakistani value-added items as about one half of Pakistan’s exports go to seven countries only while one fourth exports consistently find their way in European Union, he said.
Trade potential with Saarc, Asean, OIC, Central Asian Republics, Middle East, Africa, China and Iran needs to be explored but unfortunately no strategy has been adopted to tap this potential, Mr Basit said.
Dr Usman shared the aims and objectives of Pakistan Expo 2017 and highlighted the measures being taken by TDAP for boosting exports.
The LCCI chief also held a meeting with Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Imran Nazir. A mobile van service for free chest screening of factory workers was also inaugurated by the minister and LCCI president.