ISLAMABAD: Local production of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) remained over 1.918 million metric tonns (mmt), imports 0.840 mmt, sales 2.559 mmt during the last three years, Chairman LPG Distributors Association (LPGDA) Irfan Khokhar said.
“Due to effective strategy of the current government, price and vailability of the commodity remained better in the winter season this year as compared to previous years, but there is the need to further streamline the matters especially relating to LPG import,” he said.
During the last winter season, he said the LPG price did not cross the Rs 100 per kilogram figure due the government strategy to bridge gap between demand and supply of the commodity. Otherwise, earlier in this season, LPG per kg price had been fluctuating and even touched the Rs 200 figure, he added.
During the last 12 months, over 1.2 mmt LPG was sold that generated more than Rs 42 billion revenue for the government, projecting that the revenue would reach Rs 100 billion this year. Last year, he said, 532,918 mt LPG was imported and this year the association had the plan to import one mmt, stressing the government to formulate more effective strategy for LPG sector in the upcoming fiscal year to meet ever-growing energy needs.
In 2014, the chairman said LPG production, imports and sales remained 440,115 mt, 82,117 mt, and 502,232 mt respectively, while the production stood at 829,509 mt, imports 245,578 mt and sales 875,087 mt in the year 2015. Answering a question, he appreciated the government approval for setting up over 60 LPG-air mix plants in selected areas by Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL), where natural gas supply does not exist.
He said the plants would help provide inexpesive fuel to consumers through a dedicated transmission network in far-flung areas, underlining the need to encourage private sector in setting up their own PG-air mix plants for housing colonies after fulfilling required codal formalities.