The increase in the charges range from 173 Pakistani rupees per metric million British thermal unit (mmbtu) to 463 Pakistani rupees/mmbtu for domestic consumers, according to the Pakistan Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority’s notification.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s adminsitration reached an accord for a bailout package with the IMF in May, in which it committed to curtail energy-sector losses. The loan package is subject to the approval of the fund’s executive board.
The government last raised the utility tariff in October as the country faced a balance of payment crisis due to current account and fiscal deficits, and depleted foreign-exchange reserves.
The tariff for the textile industry increased by 180 Pakistani rupees/mmbtu, while that for the cement sector rose by 302 Pakistani rupees. Other industries face a 241 Pakistani rupee/mmbtu increase.