ISLAMABAD - The industrial sector of the country must get ready to bear another jolt of gas stoppage as the government is mulling to extend gas loadshedding to four to five days in the coming winter season. This was told to National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources during a meeting that was held at the headquarters of OGDCL on Thursday. Chairman of the Committee Sardar Talib Nakai presided over the meeting. The committee was told that closure of CNG stations for three days a week instead of two days is on the cards. There is no gas in the country and we strictly oppose CNG business in the country, Secretary Petroleum Ijaz Chaudhry informed NA body. The Secretary Petroleum told the committee that the country is facing gas shortfall of 2.5 billion cubit feet per day and if Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline did not complete by 2014, then the paucity of gas would climb up by four times. The shortfall of gas might reach 10 billon cubic feet per day in just three years, if gas pipeline between Iran and Pakistan does not complete by 2014.The gas imported form Iran would be expensive and it would be provided to only industrial consumers. If Balochistan wants to buy gas form Iran, it will have to pay the cost like others, the secretary added. He told the committee that at present almost 90 percent of the development schemes regarding provision of gas are provided by the prime minister and parliamentarians, whereas the department has prepared only 10 percent schemes. He said that the government should either explore new gas resources or import it as the country is facing acute shortage of natural gas. Ijjaz Chaudhry said that government was focusing on providing more gas to fertilizer sector. The price of urea has gone up from Rs 700 to Rs 1450 per bag due to non-availability of gas to fertilizer sector, he said. He said that Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project was going on and security team of German consultant firm had reached Gwadar. He said that the government was also working on import of LNG. He maintained that the government had planned to hire services of locals in Balochistan for security purposes so that work could be initiated on different fields. Chaudhary also informed the committee that gas supply of about 370 defaulters was disconnected during last two months whereas Rs 4 billion was recovered. Regarding recent shortage of petroleum in the country, Secretary said that PSO had stuffiest quantity of petrol however the crises came to surface after the small companies increased their reserve stock. He said that at present, Pakistan has ample petrol reserves for next 16 days. He was of the view that the energy crises could prevail in the country till the conclusion of circular debts. NA body also strongly criticized the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) for granting 476 licenses to set up CNG stations in last two years despite a ban imposed by government due to shortage of gas in the country. NA body has called all the MDs of gas companies and also directed Ogra to provide complete record of CNG licenses granted after ban imposed in 2008 in upcoming meeting scheduled on June 12-13. Some Parliamentarians alleged that there were reports that Ogra authorities had received a bribe of Rs 4 to Rs 5 million to relocate CNG stations sites. Member Committee Barjees Tahir said that Ogra had granted 306 licenses in year 2009-10 and 170 licenses in year 2010-11 despite ban on new connections of CNG stations. Ogra has granted relocations of CNG stations to favourite people whereas ban was imposed for common man, Tahir said, adding that the whole matter should be investigated and cases should be registered against officials of Ogra involved in it. He said that transfer of CNG stations sites was made without any policy that was a big fraud. Acting Chairman OGRA Mansoor Muzaffar told the committee that OGRA had issued licenses and gas connections to some 540 CNG stations during 2009 to 2011 illegally despite the govt ban. The committee recommend taking strict punitive action against those who were involved in issuing no objection certificate to these CNG stations. During the committee meeting, the high-ups of OGDCL told the standing committee that the oil exploration project at Paski in Sindh would be completed by 2013, from which 284 million cubic feet per day gas, 380 ton LPG and 4400 barrel oil would likely to be obtained.