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Wastage of flare gas causing massive losses to national treasury

Islamabad: According to a recent news report, flare gas is currently being burnt in the air at various field sites of the country as the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has so far not allowed its utilization for commercial purposes, it was learnt on Wednesday.

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As many as 18 petitions for a licence for the use of flare gas have been pending with the OGRA for the past four years, according to reports. But the obstacles created by numerous OGRA functionaries in this regard have so far caused a loss to the national exchequer of about Rs. 40 billion.

Unfortunately, even though the regular output of flare gas from numerous fields is approximately 100 million cubic feet, waste of flare gas goes unnoticed,” an insider stated.” Due to delays in OGRA decisions in this respect, flare gas could not be pumped into gas pipelines.’

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However, to date, numerous OGRA functionaries have raised significant reservations about flare gas requirements, work related to well-head/oil & gas field/site compression, transport techniques, decanting of flare gas at CNG stations, particular equipment configuration at CNG stations, and the use of flare gas in CNG converted vehicles.

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