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Friday, November 20 2020

CCOE seeks plan for competitive gas market
ISLAMABAD: The Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE) has stressed the need for preparing a roadmap for a competitive gas market where the private sector should perform an active role. During a meeting on Thursday, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, who was also the committee chairman, said that for the long term, a roadmap for a competitive gas market was required where the private sector should perform an active role. In Pakistan, state-run gas utilities have a monopoly over distribution and marketing of gas. State energy firms even have control over liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports. At present, consumers are paying several types of margins to Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL), Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGPL), Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), Pakistan LNG Terminals Limited (PLTL) and Pakistan State Oil (PSO). The government has no integrated system of LNG imports so that margins could be reduced. Earlier, the government considered a proposal to shift LNG business to one or two energy companies. But the proposal has not yet materialised.
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No decision on unbundling of SSGC, SNGPL
ISLAMABAD: The Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) on Thursday deferred a final decision relating to unbundling of gas utilities — Sui Nothern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd (SSGCL) — and instead decided to constitute a sub-committee to examine the proposal at length and see if domestic consultants could come up with a way forward. The meeting of the CCoE was presided over by Minister for Planning Asad Umar and attended by Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Special Assistant to the Petroleum Nadeem Babar as well as official of various divisions. The meeting discussed a proposal of Petroleum Division on reforms and restructuring of the gas transmission and distribution system. Informed sources said the committee desired that before looking for international transaction/financial adviser, it should be examined if local expertise was not available.
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CCoE defers approval for unbundling of Sui gas companies
ISLAMABAD - The Cabinet Committee on Energy on Thursday deferred the approval for the unbundling of the Sui gas companies and constituted a sub-committee to give recommendations on the gas sector reforms. The Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE), which met under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, also directed to first explore the possibility of doing the reforms locally instead of hiring the consultants for the purpose, official sources said. The sources maintained that the meeting was informed that UFG is causing signification losses and its control is becoming increasingly difficult under the existing large bundled system. There is a need to create separate cost centers in the forms of Separate Legal entities so that accounting and operational performance can be measured with better reliability. The existing consumers are accustomed to lower domestic gas prices and are not willing to pay the delivered cost of LNG. Thus, a significant cost mismatch is created for the utility companies, the meeting was informed.
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