ISLAMABAD -  Only the consumers using the Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) will fund the infrastructure projects related to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import and the users of natural gas will not burdened with the cost, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) spokesman said on Wednesday.

The spokesman stressed that misreporting by a section of press was misleading the consumers. He reiterated that costs related to import of RLNG would be ring fenced as per the federal government decision and indigenous gas consumers shall not be burdened, adding that only the consumers of imported gas would bear the costs related to its infrastructure development for the LNG.

It’s pertinent to mention here that the government is working on different projects for the import of around 1,200 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of LNG. Since the existing pipelines have the capacity to handle only up to 400 mmcfd, the government is negotiating different pipeline projects with foreign countries.

Both the companies have embarked on infrastructure development projects for handling and transmission of RLNG to the local consumers. Earlier it was planned that the GIDC amount of Rs 183 billion, collected from the gas consumers, would be used to fund the gas infrastructure projects. But since the funds were allegedly utilised by the government for other projects, both SNGPL and SSGC have arranged funds from commercial banks for the infrastructure development projects.

Textile, power, CNG and other industrial sector entities are the main users of the imported gas. After the completion of the RLNG infrastructure projects these users would pay the amount being spend on the projects.