Pakistan has been offered to consider the supply of lightweight Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Cylinders and latest electronic fuel injection (EFI) compatible kits from three companies of Italy and United Kingdom.

Central leader of APCNGA Abdul Ghiyas Paracha told media that All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) will have the negotiations with groups of companies in this regard when they will visit Pakistan. The companies will also visit other investors like Petroleum and Natural Resources Division of the Energy Ministry and Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP).

He further added that the association was planning to import latest electronic fuel injection (EFI) compatible kits, lightweight 22kg and 45kg CNG cylinders that can be used in 660cc to 3,000cc vehicles.

The chairman said the new lightweight cylinders would have CNG filling capacity of 60 kg like the old one. He added that recent technology would give better mileage with easy in handling and less fuel consumption.

As compared to the increased prices of vehicles, it will be cost-effective. While the new cylinders’ prices will be determined after they are imported.

Paracha said after seeing tremendous potential in CNG sector of Pakistan many international entrepreneurs showing keen interest to invest and were contacting the association.

He also admitted that CNG sector currently is unable to attract motorists. They were still uncertain about its future. They are confident that future will be of the cheap and environment-friendly fuel, and will be 30% cheaper than the current rates petrol.

Heading Universal Gas Distribution Company (Pvt.) Limited, first-ever company that has secured Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sale and marketing license from the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority to feed the CNG outlets, Paracha thanked the Petroleum and Natural Resources Division for making concerted efforts for reactivating the sector.

He emphasized that there is a need for setting up more LNG terminals. He further said that to give maximum benefit of the inexpensive and environment-friendly fuel to the common man, we should be improving the supply system across Pakistan.

The number of CNG users would gradually increase with the improved LNG supply and the CNG stations were operating round-the-clock in a week.

He further stated that Pakistan was among top CNG user countries with 3.7 million CNG-run vehicles in 2012. Pakistan would again become number one CNG user country in the next three years with continued government policies to revive the CNG sector.