Haemorrhage: SNGPL losing Rs20b to theft, mismanagement

Law against gas theft may be passed soon.

August 18, 2011

LAHORE: Theft, leakage and mismanagement are the principle factors that are causing the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) to lose gas worth Rs20 billion, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) determined in a meeting on Petroleum & Natural Resources held at SNGPL Headquarters on Thursday.

Chairing the meeting, legislator Yasmeen Rehman said that SNGPL suffers huge losses due to a lack of effective policy that curbs gas theft and urged immediate action in this regard. She said the country had to depend on alternate resources of energy because of the gas crisis.

SNGPL Managing Director Arif Hameed said that gas supply to more than 1.8 million consumers, including big companies, had been disconnected so far due to non-payment and gas theft.

Rehman directed Hameed to provide the list of all gas theft cases pending in various courts besides names of parliamentarians involved in gas theft for the sake of discretion. She said that gas theft might increase due to high rates of electricity, demanding that SNGPL officials should evolve an effective and transparent system to mitigate this trend.

Hameed told the meeting that the total sale of SNGPL had increased to Rs200 billion and the default rate was only 0.2 per cent and SNGPL was trying to decrease it. Rehman said that the media should also play a vital role against gas theft.

Yasmeen Rehman said that efforts of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited against pilferage were not enough and that a new law against gas theft would soon be passed by parliament.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2011.