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10,000 Tones Of Gas Set To Reach Kabul

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Commerce and Industries on Monday said it had purchased 10,000 tons of liquefied gas which would be available in Kabul utility stores for 55 Afghanis a kilogram and 60 Afs in private stores. 
Before Eidul Adha, one kg of gas sold for 55 Afs, but currently the rate hovers between 80 Afs and 90 Afs. 
In compliance with President Hamid Karzai’s directives, the ministry purchased 3,000 tons of gas from importers at the Hairatan Port in northern Balkh province and another 7,000 tones at the Torghundi Port in western Herat province. 
Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Ghazikhel said this news agency; the first convoy of trucks carrying the gas would be reaching Kabul this weekend. 
Another official at the ministry, Farid Sherzai, said 70 new utility stores offering gas had been set up in Kabul, taking the number of such stores to 100.  The stores sold one kg of gas for 55 Afs, be added. 
Sherzai added the gas purchased by the ministry was being offered to traders at a reasonable rate. 
The dealers, keeping in view their profits, would sell and kg for 60 Afs, he explained. 

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