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ECC to approve increase in gas tariffs around the country

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

04th Feb, 2020. 01:05 pm
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The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet is likely to approve increase in gas tariffs by up to 214 percent for certain consumer categories.

According to the details, ECC likely to approve increase in gas tariffs up to 214%.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh will preside over a meeting to review a summary “natural gas sales pricing FY2019-20 with effect from Feb 1, 2020”.

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) had proposed the hike in gas tariffs.

But, the ECC had in the last meeting postponed the matter upon Prime Minister Imran Khan’s intervention when wheat crisis intensified across the country last month.

It affected under extreme winter conditions which pushed high consumption of gas.

The summary has also sought increases in gas tariffs by 214pc for the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and 192pc for the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL).

A significant increase from Rs20 to Rs80 as meter rent for domestic consumers has also been proposed.

It has also proposed a rise of up to 245pc for commercial consumers and 153pc for fertilizer sector.

Furthermore, it has proposed a 31 percent increase in gas tariff for captive power plants that would have serious implications on the productivity of leading export oriented sectors, and the CNG sector.

The proposal has sought to raise the prices with effect from Feb. 1, 2020.

The regulatory authority had on Dec. 11 last year decided to increase the gas tariffs.

The proposed adjustments in gas rates are aimed at securing Rs35bn in additional revenue to two gas companies whose revenue requirements have been determined by the regulator at Rs274.2bn for SNGPL and Rs282.9bn for SSGCL.

The meeting comes as the two-week discussions between Pakistan and a staff mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) commences in Islamabad before the international moneylender approves release of the third trench of about $450 million under the $6 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF) finalized in May last year.

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