The two state companies, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) have planned to set up 33 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)-air mix plants at designated sites in their respected areas during the fiscal year 2018-19.
“The plants are aimed at providing gas facility to the population in the areas where facility of natural gas is not available and discouraging deforestation. At the plants, the LPG will be mixed with air to produce synthetic gas for onward supply to the consumers through distribution networks like natural gas,” official sources told APP.
Under the programme, they said the SNGPL would install three LPG-air mix plants in Gilgit and Chitral during the next year, while the SSGCL would construct 30 plants in selected areas of Balochistan province.
Answering a question, the sources said the sale of LPG had increased from 502,232 Metric Ton (mt) to 1,176,496.47 mt during the last four calendar years, showing a remarkable growth of 134.25 percent.
“Total sale of the LPG was 502,232 mt in the year 2014, which increased to 875,087 in 2015, 1,164,706 mt in 2016 and 1,176,496.47 mt in 2017. This sector witnessed remarkable growth due to effective policies of the present government,” Chairman Liquefied Petroleum Gas Distributors Association of Pakistan said while sharing official data with APP.
Giving further details, he said, local production of the commodity was 440,115 mt in 2014, 629,509 mt in 2015, 650,918 mt in 2016 and 715,142 mt in 2017, while its import gradually increased from 62,117 mt to 461,354.47 mt during the period under review.