Paracha sees CNG sector’s complete revival in two years

ISLAMABAD: All Pakistan Compressed Natural Gas Association (APCNGA) is confident that the CNG sector will fully revive with increased import of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) during the next two years.

“Around 3,200 CNG stations were operating in 2012 when natural gas supply to the outlets was stopped due to scarcity of the commodity, but now after May 26, 2016 around 2300 stations have restarted their operations – courtesy to LNG,” the association’s leader Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha told reporter.

With effective policies of the government, he said a number of private sector investors were taking keen interest in setting up LNG terminals and import of the gas, hoping that in next two years Pakistan would have the market of one bcfd (billion cubic feet per day) LNG.

Paracha said CNG stations were operating round-the-clock in a week and getting uninterrupted supply of gas, adding that the association was planning to start import of latest CNG kits and cylinders.

“We have got approval from Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority to import lightweight CNG cylinders and latest Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) compatible kits, which will have eight to ten percent more mileage of vehicles,” the chairman remarked.

The association, he said, had finalized all the arrangements to start import of new lightweight 22kg CNG cylinders and compatible kits, which could be used in 660cc to 3000cc vehicles.

“Two foreign companies from Italy and Singapore have agreed to provide EFI compatible CNG kits and new lightweight cylinders in Pakistan,” he added.

The chairman said the lightweight cylinders would have the same eight kilograms CNG filling capacity as of the old 60 kg CNG cylinders, adding that the new technology would be easy in handling and useful in fuel consumption, which would give better mileage.

“It will be cost-effective as compared to the increased prices of vehicles. However, price of new cylinders and kits will be determined after their import,” he said in reply to a question.

In 2012, he said, Pakistan was on top among CNG-user countries with 3.7 million CNG-run vehicles.

“Future will be of the inexpensive and environment-friendly fuel, which is almost 30 per cent cheaper than the petrol at the existing rates. Currently, CNG stations are consuming 100 mmcfd gas and it will be increased to 250 mmcfd level soon,” he remarked.