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The Natural gas – A freebie of the Pakistan

The miraculous Pakistan is blessed with infinite natural resources by the God and  natural gas is the most precious one. The recoverable reserves of natural gas have been estimated at 29.671 trillion cubic feet (January 1st 2009). During July-March 2008-09 the production was 3986.5 million cubic feet per day as compared to 3965.9 mmcfd during the corresponding period last year showing an increase of 0.52%. Presently 26 private and public sector companies are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production activities. Total natural gas production by company wise is given below.

The consumption of natural gas during 2007-08 was 40.3%. The sector wise natural gas consumption during July-March 2008-09 is given below.

Following are the natural gas fields in the Pakistan:

  • Adkhi
  • Badim
  • Bhit gas field
  • Khasan gas field
  • Kandanwari gas field
  • Kandkhot field (13 TCF, 347×109m³)
  • Khan field
  • Mari field
  • Miano gas field
  • Mizra field
  • Sawan gas field
  • Sui gas field (2 TCF; 54×109m³)
  • Toot gas field
  • Ul Haq field (1 TCF; 27×109m³)
  • Zamzama field

The Sui gas field is the biggest natural gas field in the pakistan. It is located near Sui in Baluchistan. The gas field was discovered in the late 1952 and the commercial exploitation of the field began in 1955. The Sui gas field accounts for 26% of Pakistan’s gas production. Remaining reserves are estimated to be at about 800 billion cubic feet (tcf) and the daily production is around 660 million cubic feet (19,000,000 m3) of natural. The operator of the field is Pakistan petroleum limited. Other natural gas companies in Pakistan are:

  • SUI NORTHERN GAS COMPANY LIMITED
  • SUI SOUTHERN GAS COMPANY LIMITED
  • PAKISTAN STATE OIL COMPANY LIMITED
  • PAKISTAN PETROLEUM LIMITED
  • PAK ARAB REFINERY LIMITED
  • SAINDAK METALS LIMITED
  • LAKHRA COAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY Ltd
  • GOVERNEMNT HOLDINGS (Private) LIMITED
  • PAKISTAN MINERAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LIMITED
  • INTER STATE GAS SYSTEMS (PVT) LIMITED
  • STATE PETROLEUM REFINING AND PETROCHEMICAL CORPORATION (PVT) LTD
  • NATIONAL REFINERY LIMITED (NRL)
  • OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED

Apart from the terrorism, today the Pakistan is also victimized by a Secessionist movement though not very strong but present. A Baloch Nationalist Militant is a secessionist movement headed by some Baloch chiefs with the view of an establishment of independent Baluchistan free of Pakistani rule. This movement doesn’t only come into sight over sudden but also with no rock-hard vision. The movement is of view that the people of Baluchistan are being exploited by the Pakistani government in the form of their fewer shares in the natural resources of Baluchistan. This allegation against the Pakistani government is very much true as Economic growth rate in Baluchistan is very low as compared to the other provinces of Pakistan. According to Baluchistan PRSP (poverty reduction strategy paper2005), poverty could be as high as 47%. People are deprived of basic necessities of life, low level of investment and capital accumulation, lack of education and employment opportunity etc.

If we acutely study the policies of the Pakistani governments since 1947 we came to the conclusion that since its birth all governments were focused for escalating their own bank balance rather then mounting the prosperity of the Pakistan. They didn’t only deprive the people of Baluchistan but the whole Pakistan. The reason behind the little attention to other provinces is the panic of high population whilst Baluchistan is being particularly ignored because it is a home of only 5% country’s population. That is why all allegations of the people of Baluchistan are very much factual and our governments should strictly be questioned for such mistreatment.  And if the government still don’t pay heed to nation‘s voices then it should be overthrown immediately. But terrorist activities like blasting the natural gas pipelines are not human traits. The human follows laws in their social life whilst the animal does not as they don’t have societies.

In a word since its inception more or less every Pakistani citizen is being suffered by the policies of corrupt governments and the only way out of this catastrophe is – the selection of honest and candid leaders not an organization of separatist movements. We must realize that

‘United we stand, divided we fall.’

References:
http://www.gsp.gov.pk
http://www.mpnr.gov.pk

www.wikipedia.com
www.finance.gov.pk

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