CNG Prices In Pakistan
(Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Potohar region; Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Gujar Khan)
|Rs. 124 /Kg|
(Sindh and Punjab excluding Potohar region)
|Rs. 139 /Kg|
CNG Prices in Pakistan
What is CNG?
Compressed Natural Gas abbreviated as CNG, is used worldwide as a cheap replacement for diesel, gasoline and LPG. CNG is better from the above mentioned fuels in terms of the fact that on ignition it producer fewer unwanted gases. It is corrosion free and odorless. In case of spillage, there is no danger as it tends to scatters in air. CNG is made by compression of the natural gas till it goes down to 1% in volume and then it is stored in hard cylinders from where it is passed out to markets or to consumers.
Working of CNG
Tanks or cylinders made for filling CNG are made of steel alloy. On reaching the combustion chamber, the compressed natural gas mixes with air. The immediate ignition produces a spark and the explosion that takes place from the ignition tends to give energy that moves the vehicle. Though compressed natural gas can be used in either liquid or gas form, in Pakistan CNG is pressured down to 3,000 psi before usage.
Usage of CNG
The price of CNG is a lot less than petrol or diesel which is one of the main reasons why it has found it use as a fuel. For using compressed natural gas, a vehicle needs to be converted from petroleum or other fuel settings to gas settings which usually involves installment of a gas cylinder in the car. As traveling is an everyday chore, a car or any other vehicle with pre-installed gas cylinder having 15 liter equivalent of petrol could take you to multiple place in a day as compared to a car running on petrol for which you would have to stop to refuel once or maybe twice. Due to the cheap price factor, its usage as a fuel has been increasing in Pakistan, India, Europe, Iran, South and North America. Apart from cars, CNG is also being used as a fuel in bigger locomotives like trains. According to a survey conducted in 2013, Iran has the highest number of vehicles running on CNG with around 3.50 million registered vehicles followed by Pakistan with 2.79 million registered vehicles, Argentina with 2.28 million vehicles, Brazil with 1.75 million vehicles, China with 1.58 million registered vehicles, Italy with 0.82 million registered vehicles etc.
Advantages of Compressed Natural Gas
Following are the positive aspects of compressed natural gas,
- CNG does less damage to the engine of a vehicle hence giving less maintenance costs.
- The CNG tank installation and the entire system is properly sealed hence there is no chance of spillage or evaporation.
- Its flammability chances are less and it does not ignite on hot surfaces.
- Vehicles running on CNG are considered much safer as compared to vehicles running on other fuels.
- CNG creates less pollution and is environment friendly.
- Being considerably cheaper than petrol or diesel, having CNG kit installed in a vehicle could lead to a lot of money saving.
CNG Prices in Pakistan
In Pakistan, the price of CNG is determined and set by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority also commonly known as OGRA. Back in 2011, when petrol prices peaked in Pakistan, CNG became the choice of fuel for most of the vehicle owners. Long queues of cars, rickshaws, wagons and pickups would form up outside of CNG stations getting their tanks filled one by one. Even when CNG supply used to be short, drivers would use to somehow locate the stations having CNG stocked up and then head to those stations to get their gas tanks filled even if it took hours to wait in the queue. Back then, CNG prices were considerably low in comparison to petrol or other fuel. In December 2016, when CNG prices were deregulated, a lot of financial burden came upon CNG consumers. In those days, CNG was being available at 67.50 per kilogram while petrol price was 66.27 per litre. Adding fuel to fire was the three day CNG load shedding in the country which caused a lot of consumers to switch back to petrol and diesel.
After the revision of CNG prices in 2016, the rate difference between other fuels and CNG is getting low with every passing day which is one of the obvious reasons why we don’t see much hustle around a CNG station in town anymore. If CNG prices continue to hike, far isn’t the day when CNG stations would shut down and be completely out of use.
Compressed Natural Gas prices in Pakistan are finalized and regulated area wise. The region one includes Baluchistan, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujar Khan, Potohar Region and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The CNG prices in these regions are more discounted as compared to prices in region two. The second region for CNG circulation includes Sindh and Punjab. CNG prices in these regions are more costly. Do check the regularly revised CNG prices online if you drive a CNG vehicle.