The winter effect: ‘Government is making all-out efforts to improve gas supply’

Abbasi says measures are being taken to ensure uninterrupted supply

APP January 14, 2017

ISLAMABAD: All-out efforts are being made to improve smooth gas supply for domestic users, said Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

He said that the increasing production in the gas sector is a provincial subject after the 18th Amendment. However, measures have been taken to provide uninterrupted supply of gas to industrial as well as domestic consumers, he added.

Talking to a news channel, he said that a terminal of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is functional while the two others would start working soon. Around 1,200,000 more connections were provided to consumers on merit basis, said Abbasi. There is a difference between demand and supply of gas facility.

Responding to a question, he said, “Billions of rupees are being spent on transmission pipelines and efforts are being made to ensure the smooth supply of gas in Punjab.” He said that past governments did nothing for the development of gas sector, as a result of which people are now facing problems in winter. At present the government is working to bring improvement in the energy sector, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2017.

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