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APTMA seeks allocation of 300mmcfd LNG
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Feb '16
The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has requested the government to allocate 300 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Punjab-based textile industry. A delegation of textile industry led by Tariq Saud, Chairman APTMA met Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and presented the textile industry's request to the government.

In reply to the textile industry's request the Minister assured the industry that from first week of the March, the government will enhance LNG supply to the industry, APTMA said. At present textile units in Punjab are getting 60 mmcfd of LNG, which in March is likely to be enhanced to 120 mmcfd. Textile industry had served as a catalyst for the economic development of the country, contributing around 60 per cent to the total export earnings.

Currently, Punjab-based textile units are purchasing LNG from the supplier at $9 per MMBTU as per ECC decision. They now expect that the price will come down around $6-7 per MMBTU which is almost equivalent to the local gas prices.

According to Ijaz Gohar, former president APTMA, the government at present was supplying four hours per day LNG to the industry at $9 per MMBTU and now the international commodity prices have significantly reduced and the industry is hopeful that the government will supply LNG to industry at around $6 per MMBTU. He said textile units in Punjab during past five years were facing worst energy crisis that had rendered around two million people jobless. He added that now when the government had started importing LNG, provision of the LNG to industry would help creating jobs and enhance exports of the sector. (SH)

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