Average gas shortage in the country is expected to worsen over the next three years and rise 59 per cent to 2,385 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) from the deficit of 1,496 mmcfd in the current fiscal year 2011-12, underscoring the need for gas import through the Iran-Pakistan pipeline which will ease the shortage.
According to documents, the government has decided that out of 750 mmcfd of gas to be supplied by Iran, 471 mmcfd will be provided to Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGPL) and 254 mmcfd will be supplied to Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC).
The Ministry of Petroleum, in a summary sent to the the Economic Coordination Committee, said SNGPL may face an average shortage of 1,216 mmcfd while SSGC will have shortage of 280 mmcfd.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2011.
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