ISLAMABAD – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)’s government has decided to give other provinces and federal government a tough time while utilizing designated powers of 18th Amendment to avail full rights on its natural gas resources.
The provincial government of KPK had informed federal government to provide utilization rights of all 10 percent per day share of natural gas instead of 5 percent only. The increment was asked as KPK government wanted to establish gas turbine power plant by 2018.
According to information, KPK government went as far as to demand cancellation of a moratorium on gas connection.
Experts believe that if this demand of KPK to be meet, the gas consumers in Punjab are unlikely to get any relief even in upcoming summers. Moreover, it would more likely to create a tussle between federal and provincial governments.
The 18th constitutional amendment grants every gas producing province the right to first meet their requirements before giving gas to other provinces. However, a province could only own 50 percent of its total gas resources.
According to a rough estimate by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), at the moment the production and utilization of natural gas by each province is as followed:
- Balochistan: Production 17 percent | Usage 7 percent
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Production 10 percent | Usage 5 percent
- Punjab: Production5 percent | Usage 45 percent
- Sindh: Production 69 percent | Usage 41 percent