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Gas shortfall affects domestic consumers as well as CNG users

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SIALKOT: As a result of decreasing temperature the ongoing gas crisis is augmenting all over the country.

Due to the shortfall is 600 MMCFD SNGPL and SSGC may stop the supply to non-domestic consumers. Noticing that the CNG users were facing crisis due to non-availability of gas for the last many days, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan told the media here today that the government had directed the authorities concerned to ensure gas supply to households even at the cost of the CNG sector.

While feeding Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the SNGPL faces over 200 MMCFD gas shortfall, the gas theft in KP and Punjab too result into shortfall. It has been estimated that 50% of the total volume of the gas being produced in KP (400MMCFD) is being stolen by the people of the areas close to gas fields. One other reason of shortfall is the use of compressors by those who are suffering from low pressure of gas.

Relevant pieces published earlier: 

LNG import instead of oil can help save $1B annually: APCNGA suggests

KARACHI: The country can save $1 billion per annum, once its oil import is replaced by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which is significantly cheaper in the international market, suggested a spokesman for the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA), Ghiyas Paracha, here on Thursday.

He said the country was passing through tough economic situation, needed prudent approach and efficient alternatives to reduce its import bill.

“Replacing oil with LNG as the major source of fuel for country’s transport and power sectors can make the major difference not only in terms of fuel cost, but also for environment in general,” he said.

According to the APCNGA official 400 mmcfd increase in the import of LNG may not only help save one billion dollars, but could be as good as planting four million trees to improve the environment.

“LNG, which is 44 percent cheaper than petrol may not only help achieve much required cut in import bill, but also streamline energy mix and provide much relief to the masses,” said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha.

While appreciating the government’s efforts to tackle environment-related challenges, he said fumes discharged by petrol and diesel run vehicles were major contributors to environmental hazards.

Suggestion to shift transport sector to compressed natural gas (CNG) and many of the oil run power plants, he said will require the country to import 400mmcfd of gas, equivalent to 156,00000mmbtu, will cost national exchequer US $1256million while the same volume of petrol which is almost five billion litres costs US $2275million.

Ghiyas Paracha reiterated that improved LNG import will help the government save US $5billion in five years with positive impact on the country’s productive capacities in total besides improving employment rates.

SSGC suspends supply to CNG outlets for 36 hours

ISLAMABAD: The Sui  Southern Gas Company (SSGC) on Thursday night suspended gas supply to Compressed Natural Gas  (CNG) stations across the Sindh province due to low pressure in the system.

The supply to CNG outlets will remain suspended from 8 pm Thursday to 8 am Saturday, a Petroleum Division spokesman said here.

He said the decision had been taken after the company faced difficulty in meeting the needs of domestic and commercial consumers in the province due to low pressure in the gas system.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.