Unaccounted for gas: SSGC seeks help to reduce losses

Officials visit largest gas distributor of Bangladesh.


March 31, 2011

KARACHI:


A team of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has visited the giant Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited (TGTDCL) of Bangladesh to find out a mechanism for reducing transmission and distribution losses.


SSGC Deputy Managing Director Azim Iqbal Siddiqui, who headed the team, told by telephone from Dhaka on Wednesday that he had been holding meetings with TGTDCL officials to develop a strategy for cutting unaccounted for gas (UFG) losses of the company, which stands at 7.9 per cent of total gas supply.

Siddiqui pointed out that TGTDCL has reduced transmission and distribution losses from 8.3 per cent to less than one per cent in 2008-09 by using an effective gas supply mechanism. “This is remarkable and we want to learn from their experience,” he added.

SSGC is implementing a natural gas efficiency project with the assistance of World Bank which has extended $200 million for bringing down losses. Under this project, SSGC will replace distribution pipeline covering approximately 5,750 kms (excluding main lines) over the next five years along with overhead and underground leakage survey.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2011.

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