Perturbed over the worst-ever gas crisis that people of Pakistan are going to experience in the winter season 2021-22, Prime Minister Imran Khan on last Monday held three meetings and directed the authorities concerned to pluck the low hanging fruits to facilitate the supply of LNG and LPG across the country. If these low-hanging fruits available with the country are plucked, the country can get out of gas crisis.
Imran Khan also took cognizance of the hindrances being created on virtual gas pipeline projects. The prime minister on last Monday first held a meeting with ministers and top officials of relevant ministries attended by Adviser to PM on Finance and Revenue to brainstorm strategy on how to cope with the gas crisis.
The prime minister gave a patient hearing to Energy Ministry issues, which have become more complex in the wake of perpetual intervention from the Maritime Ministry and as a result decision making on energy issues gets delayed. One of the participants in the meeting told the press that the prime minister stopped the maritime minister from interfering into the energy ministry affairs. “This was the second time when the maritime minister was asked to stop doing so when it comes to energy issues.”
The prime minister held a second meeting with private sector stakeholders who want berths at the Gwadar Port of Pakistan for virtual gas pipeline projects. Right now, the situation for anyone who wants to invest in Gwadar is not good, as there is no facility of electricity and gas, which is why the government of Pakistan has failed so far to industrialize the port. In the meeting, proprietors of the Gwadar GasPort Limited and Daewoo Gas told the prime minister about the hindrances in their virtual gas pipeline projects.
The prime minister also directed the authorities to resolve all the issues that are causing hurdles in making the JJVL plant operational to increase the LPG production. It will help decrease the price of LPG cylinder by Rs500.
The third meeting was with entrepreneurs of Energas and Tabeer. Both the entrepreneurs shared issues that are causing delays in the construction of their LNG Terminal. The prime minister will again summon the meeting for follow up on the issues.