Sui gas: More supply for homes, none for factories

Published: January 9, 2011
Gas shortages continue across Punjab. PHOTO: FILE

Gas shortages continue across Punjab. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) has suspended supply to industries and compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Punjab for an indefinite period in order to improve supply to domestic consumers.

SNGPL officials said that the decision would mean that more than 300 million million cubic feet of gas previously supplied per day to industries and CNG stations would shift to the domestic sector. All towns and cities in Punjab have suffered major gas load shedding this winter season.

The officials said that another reason for the decision was to stop tripping at the SNGPL’s Multan compressor station. SNGPL’s decision was criticised by industries and public transport companies. Maqsood Butt, chairman of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, said the move was a violation of the prime minister’s orders that industries get gas supply for five days a week. Ghias Piracha, chairman of the All Pakistan CNG Association, criticised the decision as harmful to transporters.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2011.

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  • a citizen
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:41AM

    industry is entitled to gas supply only 9 months of the year, not during dec, jan or feb. is industry being supplied gas in jan on the orders of sngpl management or an elected official? if it is sngpl then they should be charged with professional wrongdoing. if it is an elected official then they should be charged with undue influence.Recommend

  • M I Piracha
    Jan 11, 2011 - 2:58PM

    Tue that there is no gas load shedding in Islamabad. Maybe the ‘pressure’ is some what low in the eveinings, but otherwise there is no problem: That’s the ‘perk’ of lving here. But my daughter who lives in T – Block DHA, Lahore (just across LUMS) tells me that there is hardly ever ANY gas there – NOT even for cooking purposes.Recommend

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