Gas prices to increase from July 1: OGRA

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ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Sunday issued a notification intimating increase in gas sale prices which would be effective from July 1.

As per the notification, the authority has determined Rs121 per Million British Thermal Unit (MMBTU) for domestic consumers using up to 0.5 hm3 (in cubic hectometers) gas per month, Rs300 per MMBTU for users of up to 1 hm3, Rs553 per MMBTU for up to 2 hm3, Rs738 on consumption of up to 3 hm3, Rs1,107 and Rs1,460 per MMBTU for consuming up to 4 hm3 and above 4 hm3 respectively.

“The billing mechanism will be revised so that the benefit of one preceding slab is available to domestic consumer (residential use),” the notification read determining minimum charges at Rs172.58 per month.

For government and semi-government offices, hospitals, clinics, maternity homes, government guest houses, messes of the armed forces, universities, colleges, schools and private educational institutions, orphanages, and other charitable institutions along with hostels and residential colonies to whom gas is supplied through bulk meters including captive power, OGRA has fixed all off-takes at flat rate of Rs780 per MMBTU, with minimum charges of Rs4,680 per month.

In commercial sector, the authority has determined all off-takes at flat rate of Rs 1,283 per MMBTU for all establishments registered as commercial units with local authorities or dealing in consumer items for direct commercial sale like cafes, bakeries, milk-shops, tea stalls, canteens, barber shops, laundries, hotels, malls places of entertainment like cinema, clubs, theaters, private offices  and corporate firms. Minimum charges for these are Rs5,880.10 per month.

In category of special commercial, the gas sale price has been determined at Rs121 per MMBTU for using up to 0.5 hm3 gas per month, Rs300 per MMBTU for using to 1 hm3, Rs553 per MMBTU for using up to 2 hm3, Rs738 per MMBTU for using up to 3 hm3 and Rs1,283 per MMBTU for using above 3 hm3. Minimum charges for this category are Rs172.58 per month.

For ice factories, all off-takes have been fixed at flat rate of Rs1,283 per MMBTU with minimum charges of Rs5,880.10 per month.

In general industrial sector, all off-takes have been determined at flat rate of Rs1,021 per MMBTU for all consumers engaged in the processing of industrial raw material into value added finished products irrespective of the volume of gas consumed but excluding such industries for which a separate rate has been prescribed. Minimum charges for this sector are Rs26,301.60 per month.

For registered manufacturers or exporters of five zero-rated sectors and their captive power namely textile (including jute), carpets, leather, sports and surgical tools, the authority has determined all off-takes at flat rate of Rs786 per MMBTU, with minimum charges of Rs20,232 per month.

In Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), all off-takes have been fixed at flat rate of Rs1,283 per MMBTU with minimum monthly charges of Rs33,045.60.

For cement factories, a flat rate of Rs1,277 per MMBTU would be charged for all off-takes. Its minimum charges will be Rs32,877 per month.

For fertilizer companies, almost all off-takes have been fixed at flat rate of Rs300 per MMBTU for gas used as feed-stock and Rs1,021 per MMBTU for gas used as fuel for generation of electricity, steam and for usage of housing colonies.

However, Engro Fertilizer Company Limited will pay $0.70 per MMBTU for all off-takes at flat rate for gas used as feed stock, and Rs1,021 per MMBTU for gas used as fuel for generation of electricity, steam and for usage of housing colonies.

In power sector, all off-takes have been determined at flat rate of Rs824 per MMBTU for WAPDA, KESC’s power stations and other electricity utility companies, with minimum charges of Rs21,209.88 per month.

For WAPDA’s Gas Turbine Power Station, Nishatabad, Faisalabad, all off-takes would be at flat rate of Rs824 per MMBTU, while its fixed charges per month are Rs975.

For Liberty Power Limited’s Gas Turbine Power Plant (Phase-I) at Daharki, all off-takes have been determined at Rs1,283.47 per MMBTU with minimum charges of Rs43,278.61 per month.

For Independent Power Producers, all off-takes would be available at flat rate of Rs824 per MMBTU with minimum charges of Rs21,209.88 per month.

For Captive Power Plants, all off-takes have been fixed at flat rate of Rs 1,021 per MMBTU with minimum charges of Rs 26,301.60 per month.

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