The Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) has said at least 130 tons of gas is used on a daily basis in Kabul and that government continues its efforts to increase the reserves in the city.
The Fuel and Gas Enterprise office of the MoCI says gas prices have temporarily increased on the local market but that this should drop in the near future.
According to them, Afghanistan has the capacity to hold 16,900 tons of gas but currently Kabul only has 8,000 tons in reserve.
“We have at least 30 pumps selling gas in different parts of Kabul city. They sell every kilogram of gas for 43 AFs. We also distribute gas by tankers at the same price in areas where we don’t have pumps,” said Abdul Habib Seddiqi, a distribution manager from the Fuel and Gas Enterprise office.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) suggested that government should have alternatives in place when prices increase.
“There are agreements signed with gas supplier countries; we can easily prevent such a problem if it occurs in the future,” said Shafiq Ataee, deputy head of the ACCI.
According to the MoCI’s Fuel and Gas Department, extra gas reserves will be established in some provinces over the next ten years.