The government has raised the prices of re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) by 5.72% for Sui Northern Gas Company (SNGPL) and 6.40% for end consumers of the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) for July.
According to a report issued by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), the RLNG prices were increased for Sui Gas consumers for the month of July 2020.
The new RLNG prices are $6.47 per million metric British thermal units (mmBtu) for SNGP’s consumers and $6.67 per mmBtu for consumers of SSGC. In absolute terms, the RLNG price was increased by $0.3466/mmBtu for SNGPL and $0.3984/mmBtu for SSGC, month over month. RLNG price was $6.2716/mmBtu for SSGC and $6.1284/mmBtu for SNGPL in June.
The new prices of RLNG include charges of LNG terminals, transmission losses, port charges, and margins of the importers – Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL). The new weighted average sale prices of RLNG have been computed based on the nine cargoes imported in the month including six cargoes by PSO and three by PLL.
OGRA earlier advised the government to reduce local natural gas prices by up to 6 percent. This will increase the losses of SNGPL and SSGC but will be beneficial for local consumers and the industrial sector.
Instead, the government reduced the prescribed prices of gas for companies due to low oil prices in the international market.
According to the details, SNGPL had demanded to increase the gas price to Rs. 1287.19 per MMBtu against the existing price of Rs. 664.25 per MMBtu. But OGRA decided to reduce the price to Rs. 623.31 per MMBtu.
SSGC had demanded to raise the price to Rs. 881.53 per MMBtu against the existing price of Rs. 796.18 per MMBtu. However, OGRA reduced the price to Rs. 750.90 per MMBtu, which is two percent less than the existing price.