(CITY): Decision to convert CNG stations to RLNG applauded

Karachi: Pakistan Economy Watch Chairman Brig (retd) Aslam Khan has lauded the government’s move to promote the use of LNG in vehicles in place of CNG.

“As per the plan, conversion of CNG stations to RLNG is in progress and the CNG stations will not get natural gas in future and will use imported LNG which will bring an end to the scarcity of gas for vehicles during the winter, Khan said in a statement on Saturday.

He said that the move would reduce the oil import bill by almost 20 percent and also reduce environmental pollution and fares. Khan said that the imported LNG would be around 20 to 25 percent cheaper than petrol which would provide relief to millions of people linked to the transport sector and commuters.

He said: “This will also help the government to utilize the idle capacity of LNG terminals which is resulting in heavy losses. This will bring down the terminal charges on a unit basis while the private sector will start building new terminals by investing billions.”

“A sizable volume of local gas will be saved through this initiative which could be diverted to industrial sector reducing complaints and triggering production and employment,” said Khan. He noted that RLNG usage should be encouraged throughout the year and the natural gas could be used for more efficient uses in the industrial and power sectors.