PM orders probe against SNGPL, SSGCL heads

Published: December 13, 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered initiation of an immediate inquiry against heads of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) for their failure to meet the demands of consumers and sought complete report within 72 hours.

While chairing a high level meeting held on Wednesday to discuss the gas crisis in the country and amicable solution to end on-going gas crisis,

The prime minister had also ordered constitution of a fact-finding committee in this regard. The committee is to conduct an inquiry against the MD SNGPL and MD SSGCL. The report of the committee is to be submitted in 72 hours.

PM Khan had ordered an inquiry against the two MDs of both state owned gas companies (SNGPL & SSGCL), following a briefing by petroleum minister regarding gas crisis in the country.

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The PM, however, had instructed to strengthen the planning for meeting the gas demand and supply and ensure no such situation resurfaces again in the future.

Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar while briefing the meeting about the on-going gas crisis had put the responsibility of gas crisis on SNGPL and SSGCL.

Neither the SNGPL had informed about the actual demand of gas for December nor SSGCL informed about faults in the compressors, said petroleum minister while briefing the meeting.

The meeting was informed about the domestic gas production that at present SSGC was getting 1,200MMCFD indigenous gas which was 1,280 MMCFD in December 2017. This shortfall of 80MMCFD was due to the natural depletion of indigenous gas reserves.

In addition to this, gas supplies from three fields namely Kunner, Pasaki and Gambat have been reduced by 50 MMCFD, from November 22, 2018, as a consequence of curtailment due to condensate storage problem at the fields and refineries.

Due to reduced production of domestic gas, gas consumers of Karachi faced gas shortage problems while shortage of gas in north was due to faults in gas compressor at Nawab Shah and Saran.

With regard to measures taken to control gas crisis, PM was informed that scheduled eight cargos of LNG would arrive in the country on time and efforts to increase domestic gas productions are at fast pace.

It was also informed that domestic consumers would not be affected as special measures had been taken but CNG, some industrial units and captive power plants are facing gas shortage.

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