OGRA lifts ban on new CNG licenses after 12 years

GNN  |  Jan 21, 2021

Islamabad: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has lifted the ban on the issuance of new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) licenses on Thursday after a period of 12 years. As per details, citizens who want to install CNG stations on Regasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) with new licenses can apply to OGRA now.

In this regard, OGRA has already published advertisements in various newspapers, accepting applications from interested persons.

In January 2008, Mohammad Mian Soomro directed that new CNG licenses in the pipeline should be delayed and CNG connections should not be issued excluding those who had already imported CNG machines.

Later, in April 2011, former Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gillani imposed a countrywide moratorium for a period of six months with immediate effects due to severe gas shortage in the country.

Earlier, Ex-Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf lifted the ban on the supply of LNG to the industrial and commercial power sectors.

However, the ban on gas connections to retail CNG consumers was still in force.

OGRA had stopped issuing licenses to the applicants for CNG stations since then.

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