Sustained gas supply ensuring export momentum: APTMA Punjab

LAHORE: Sustained supply of Regasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) has helped maintain the momentum of enhanced exports with the textile industry working at full capacity at present.

This was stated by All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab Chairman Abdul Rahim Nasir, who added that exports orders for the next six months are booked, while the country’s overall exports registered a growth of over 18 per cent in December 2020, as compared to the corresponding period of the last year despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

Earlier, in November 2020, textile exports had surged by 9pc as compared to November 2019.

According to Nasir, Pakistan’s textile sector is currently in the mode of rapid expansion to meet increased orders and demands. He said it is essential to sustain this momentum, which he hoped would be facilitated by the upcoming Textile Policy.

He said there have been isolated cases of low gas pressure and supply problems on mixed feeders; however, APTMA has taken up these issues with the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. (SNGPL) management that has assured the association of all-possible assistance in removing bottlenecks.

Further, he said that APTMA Northern Zone appreciates the role of the Ministry of Petroleum and SNGPL’s management in ensuring that export related sectors are provided with gas at sustained pressures despite the huge surge in demand and diminished domestic production this winter.

The APTMA Punjab chairman also expressed hope that SNGPL’s new Managing Director (MD), Syed Ali Javaid Hamdani, would personally ensure uninterrupted supply of gas at normal pressure to the export industry in order to promote the creation of additional jobs, attracting new investment, and uplifting exports of the country. 

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Hassan Naqvi
Hassan Naqvi
The writer is a staff reporter and can be reached at [email protected]
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