Pakistan ‘well stocked’ on furnace oil to meet winter energy needs

09:59 PM | 26 Dec, 2021
Pakistan ‘well stocked’ on furnace oil to meet winter energy needs
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ISLAMABAD – Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar says the country has sufficient stock of furnace oil (FO) in case of more cancelations of cargoes by Pakistan LNG’s term suppliers.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Azhar said Pakistan faced a moderate shortage of furnace oil in summer season as the power plants ran more than last year due to low water levels in dams.

He informed that a new refinery policy is being finalised to shift refineries away from the production of furnace oil.

Earlier, Azhar said Pakistan’s gas shortfall each winter was due to depleting natural gas reserves.

“Imported LNG is too expensive to plug this shortfall. In any case the suppliers that defaulted on their cargoes this year were all long term contracts inked in 2017.”

The power sector is Pakistan’s largest natural gas consumer, followed by residential consumption and the fertilizer industry.

Pakistan imports more than half of its LNG through long-term contracts, which buffers it somewhat from spot price volatility. In recent months, there have been a spate of cancelations of cargoes.

The country with a population of over 200 million has struggled with energy shortages and rising power prices, with electricity still not available to 50 million people in the country who need it, according to a 2018 World Bank report.

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