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Govt’s inappropriate policies result in gas, power crises: Jang Forum

Speakers at the Jang Forum have unanimously attributed inappropriate policies of the present and past governments as the prime reason behind the gas and energy shortages in the country.

Haroon Rashid, vice president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), said that the industry, which is the main employment generator, is the worst hit by gas shortage, particularly the fertiliser industry.

He categorically said that transport must be the least priority for gas allocation, as they have alternative fuels available.

Rashid said that the regulators have been pursuing corrupt practices, resulting in mushroom growth of compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations and now there is no gas for them.

Zahid Hussain, former managing director of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), said that the cumulative unaccounted for gas (UFG) of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) accounted for 20 percent as against the international standard of four percent.

“The UFG is out of control and always increasing. If it is contained to eight percent of both networks, the requirement of the CNG sector could be met easily,” he said.

Hussain said that the CNG sector has invested a huge amount of money and they should not be targeted, adding that the government should look for alternative gas supply resources, including imports.

Samir Gulzar, chairman of All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) Sindh, said that it is no more feasible for them to carry on their business after the decision of the Supreme Court reducing CNG prices by Rs30 per kilogram.

He said that in addition to the announced gas outages, the gas utility did not provide enough pressure due to which the processing time of their compressors has increased and they are unable to serve more vehicles.

Gulzar said that they have suggested the authorities and the regulator to process the “flare gas”, ie, high sulfur and moist gas and provide it to the CNG sector. He said that 75mmcfd of flare gas is being burnt every day.

They have also suggested to process and transport in containers gas from dormant wells but their suggestions were rejected, he said.

Gulzar was highly critical of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), which, according to him, is killing gas in its inefficient plants.

Haji Mohammad Tawab of Transport Ittehad said that they are left with no other option but to close their business.

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