HYDERABAD - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Thar coal project will be commissioned very soon, saying that Pakistan was rich in energy deposits and all that was needed was to exploit these resources.

The Prime Minister said this while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Kunnar-Pasakhi Gas Pipeline Project at the OGDCL field of Deh Shah Bukhari here on Thursday

With the inauguration of the project, initially 100 million cubic feet per day gas has been inducted in the gas distribution network. After installation of gas processing plant in the field, the gas production would not only increase to 280 MMCFD, but the field would also produce 387 tons of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and 400 tons of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) per day during the current year.

The PM said water and electricity supply was the responsibility of the government and the government was taking all steps in this regard. He said the PPP government was making all-out efforts to complete the mission of Z A Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. He said he had directed the gas deportment to ensure gas supplies in all areas of Sindh and Balochistan and give first priority to those areas which were producing gas.

Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural recourse Dr Asim Hussain said that there was shortage of gas in the country, saying that the gas demand was 6.5 P.C.F while the production stood at 4.2 P.C.F.

He said this fact has not been kept hidden from the general public. He said today (yesterday), the Prime Minister has inaugurated the biggest pipeline of Pakistan.

APP adds: the PM said that the government is responsible to provide all basic facilities to the people and the present government is fully committed to do the task and has initiated a number of development projects to facilitate the people at their doorsteps.

The Prime Minister said that at present, the country is experiencing energy crisis and in order to address the issue, the people’s government has set priority to develop the natural gas sector of the country. The development of this important sector would help in overcoming the energy crisis, he said.

He said that besides gas, the government is also making efforts to provide other facilities to the people at their doorsteps. The government is taking all possible measures in this direction so that all basic needs could be available to the people without any discrimination at their doorsteps.

Completion of Kunnar-Pasakhi Gas Pipeline Project proved the fact that the people’s government is making sincere efforts to overcome the energy crisis, the Prime Minister said and added that “We are fortunate that Allah Almighty has bestowed all natural resources to our country “.

With the blessings of Allah Almighty and the cooperation of the people, the government would succeed in overcoming all crises and utilize all possible resources to provide maximum facilities to the countrymen, he said and maintained that despite problems, the government would continue its efforts to take the country at the zenith of progress and prosperity.

He said the people were deprived of availing the natural gas facility from the Kunnar-Pasakhi Project due to delays and hurdles of eight years, however, as a result of the efforts of the Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Dr Asim Hussain, the supply of gas from this project has been made possible.

Praising the efforts of the federal ministers Dr Asim Hussain and Syed Naveed Qamar for launching the development project in energy sector, the Prime Minister said under their supervision, the management and employees of Sui Southern Gas Company Limited have completed the Kunnar-Pasakhi Project at the shortest time.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Labour Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar also attended the inauguration ceremony.