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World Bank cancelled $100 Million loan for Pakistan’s gas project

Friday, 9 December 2016

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The World Bank has cancelled a $100-million loan to Pakistan for a natural gas efficiency project, citing zero progress in achieving the objectives of a five-year development plan and no interest on the part of the gas distribution company in honoring the agreement.

Back in 2012 the World Bank signed a loan agreement with Pakistan, intending to provide assistance for the country’s Natural Gas Efficiency Project.

Pakistan faces severe challenges in the gas sector, including low gas production failing to keep pace with demand, inadequate allocation of the resource, its inefficient end use, and high levels of unaccounted-for gas (UFG). Over 10 percent of gas supplied in Pakistan is unaccounted for, which is unaffordable, especially when compared to international standards of one-to-two per cent.

By 2017 the company planned to abate UFG to about 5 percent by ensuring system segmentation and improving pressure management, as well as providing for the rehabilitation of aging pipelines. However, World Bank’s latest report said the initiative had failed, pointing out that the levels of UFG not only remained high, but increased further, during the project-implementation phase.

Most UFG comes from dilapidated or deteriorating pipelines, leaking joints, gas theft in the form of tampered meters, illegal connections and malfunctioning metering equipment.

Source by: Internet

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