Imported LPG price set at Rs123 per kg

Ogra teams to closely monitor sale of gas at set prices .


Express July 12, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) on Tuesday notified the price of imported liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at Rs123 per kg compared to Rs105 per kg for locally produced LPG, a difference of Rs18 per kg.


After the issuance of a notification, domestic CNG cylinder of 11.8 kg will be sold for Rs1,451. In comparison, the same cylinder with locally produced gas will cost Rs1,239.

According to an official, Ogra had received complaints earlier that companies were charging higher rates for locally produced LPG in the name of imported gas.

“This is the reason that Ogra has notified the imported LPG price to protect the consumers,” the official said, adding the regulator’s teams would be keeping a close watch to ensure LPG was sold at the set price.

It is believed that now companies, which were not importing any LPG, will start charging the imported gas price of Rs123 per kg for local produce in remote areas where no rule of law exists, adding to woes of consumers. Some companies may also deceive people by making fake import documents.

Out of 86 LPG marketing companies, only 13 have licences to import the gas. Recently, two companies SHV and Ravi Gas Group imported 1,800 and 2,500 tons respectively.

Ogra has asked all marketing companies to provide sales invoice and gate pass to every vehicle carrying LPG and clearly mention the quantity of gas. Furthermore, enforcement teams of Ogra will start conducting raids on premises of marketing companies from Wednesday.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2011.

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