The shortfall of gas is expected to reach 4.2 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) by FY2030-31 from the current 1.3 bcfd in the next ten years.
According to an Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) report issued on Wednesday, the indigenous gas production fell 10 percent from 2,379 mmcfd last year to 2,138 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) this year.
The gas consumption fell by 6 percent during the corresponding period, from 3,969 mmcfd to 3,714 mmcfd during the corresponding period.
The report, named ‘state of the regulated petroleum industry 2019-20,’ revealed that the deficit between production and consumption is partially being managed through the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The report stated that the share of LNG supplies increased from 27 percent to 29 percent during 2019-20.
The country’s transmission network is spread over 13,452 kilometers and distribution network on 177,029 km gas pipelines, providing natural gas to domestic, industrial, commercial, and transport sectors.
During the said period, the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) expanded their transmission network by 190 km and 72 km, respectively.
The SNGPL extended its distribution network by 5,731 km and the SSGC by 527 km. The SNGPL provided 271,228 new connections, taking the number of total consumers to 7 million. The SSGC added 95,011 new connections, pushing a total of 3.1 million consumers.