Gas ‘crisis’ deepens as shortfall surges to 630MMCFD
The gas crisis deepened on Thursday as the total shortfall surged to 630 million metric cubic feet a day (MMCFD) that may compel the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) to curtail the supply to sectors other than domestic consumers, sources said.
The shortfall has affected not only the supply to domestic consumers but also to the industry and compressed natural gas (CNG) sector for the past several days. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the government has directed the authorities concerned to ensure gas supply to households even at the cost of the CNG sector.
In Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the SNGPL faces over 200 MMCFD gas shortfall. The gas available with the companies ranges around 970 MMCFD. Both gas companies are also receiving around 1,020 MMCFD RLNG in system.
The SSGCL stopped the supply to the CNG sector, but the issue did not resolve. The industry was asked at least stop using gas meant for captive power plants, but they didn’t listen, rendering the utility helpless in giving relief to the domestic consumers. Supplying gas to Sindh and Balochistan, the SSGC faces a shortfall of 300 MMCFD as the current demand has surged to 1,500 MMCFD.