Pakistan. Long queues at gas stations due to gasoline shortages

ISLAMABAD (PAKISTAN): Long queues of automobiles and motorbikes have been seen at gas stations in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province due to reduced supplies by fuel marketing companies. oil, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported.
According to gasoline retailers, companies have reduced their supplies of oil products to the province due to long delays in issuing letters of credit by private banks for imports.
Drivers in Peshawar said most petrol pumps in the city were closed, but petrol stations owned by Pakistan State Oil continued to sell, drawing large crowds of motorists and motorcyclists.
A motorcyclist, Sharif Khan, reported the closure of most petrol stations on GT Road, Dalazak Road and Charsadda Road.
“I had to wait about half an hour to fill up at a GT Road gas pump,” he said, as quoted by the Dawn newspaper. At least 20 others lined up there, he said.
The motorcyclist said the wait at a gas station in the Faqirabad area lasted about 50 minutes.
A large scale closure of petrol pumps has been reported in Mansehra district due to gasoline shortage. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CNG administration on December 31 shut down all CNG stations in the provincial capital for a month to ensure natural gas supply for domestic consumers.
The decision was made on the recommendation of the Department of Home and Tribal Affairs and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, according to the deputy commissioner, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Sarhad Petroleum and Cartage Dealers Association President Abdul Majid, contacted by Dawn newspaper, claimed that the month-long closure of CNG stations had increased the demand for petrol from vehicles as they previously used compressed gas.
He also said that oil companies had cut supplies to the province, causing the closure of several gas stations and shortages of petroleum products.
“Many companies find it difficult to import petroleum products due to LC delays by banks,” he said.
The News International reported this week that Pakistan’s gas crisis is set to worsen in February as ENI, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading company in Pakistan, withdrew from the LNG cargo that was to arriving on February 6 and 7. , 2023, a senior energy ministry official confirmed.
Senior oil division officials worry about development as Pakistan already faces a gas crisis. In some of the city’s major pockets, gas has become a scarce commodity even when cooking.
The government as part of its gas load management plan has promised the supply of gas to domestic consumers for cooking times in winter, three hours in the morning from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., two hours from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and three hours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The realities on the ground, however, speak otherwise, reported The News International.

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