KARACHI: Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) chairman Masroor Khan on Monday said that setting up of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and increasing the number of cargoes in next few years would help address the issue of gas shortage in the country.

Speaking at the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) at the Federation House, he said the government machinery was fully aware of the issues faced by industrialists and domestic consumers. The Ogra chief said he was addressing all the 15 to 20 LNG associations and alliances of the country through the apex platform of FPCCI and they can be rest assured that their voice is being heard.

Ogra Member Gas Muhammad Arif discussed the grave issues of safety and irregularities at the end of smaller retailers in the LNG and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distribution and sales network across the country. He admitted that it would take some time to implement the standards at the small shops selling gas for the domestic and small-scale commercial consumption.

He added that Ogra was working towards a system where every gas cylinder in the country would have a National Serial Number for safety, standardisation, certification, recertification and tracking.

Published in Dawn, December 14th, 2021

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