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Punjab to face severe gas loadshedding this winter, warns SNGPL

Punjab will face severe gas loadshedding in the coming winter as demand for gas will increase to 1,100 million cubic feet per day as against 8.5 million cubic feet per day demand recorded during the preceding year of 2011.

This was apprehended by Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) Managing Director Arif Hameed while addressing the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association here on Friday. He said that the CNG stations would face four-day gas suspension per week while the industrial sector would likely to face three-day gas suspension weekly.

Arif Hameed said that the project to purchase gas from Iran by laying a pipeline was under way but it would be completed in two years. He, however, said that Pakistan could get gas from India in the next six months by laying a pipeline in its territory and thus after augmentation of the gas, the SNGPL could restore gas supply to fertilizer factories and power plants. He said that the SNGPL was trying its best to eliminate the gas theft in the province. He said that they had traced 7,000 cases of industrial, commercial and domestic gas theft in the province. He said that the company could not impose any penalty on tracing of gas pilferage cases but it could charge maximum, 12 times gas bill from the pilferers, due to the fixed procedure of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority. He said that the SNGPL was contemplating to install surveillance system in the industrial units to trace pilferage.

APTMA Faisalabad region founder chairman Syed Omer Nazar Shah said that the government should solve the energy crisis and purchase gas from Iran. He also stressed the need for getting gas from India. He advocated that equilibrium must be maintained for gas and power supply to all provinces and the industrial sector be exempted from the brunt of gas and power loadshedding. APTMA chairman Gohar Ejaz pinpointed the successful efforts of the association for uninterrupted power supply to the industrial sector of the province and minimum possible gas outage for it. Adviser to Prime Minister Dr Asim Hussain was scheduled to chair the APTMA meeting but he could not reach here from Karachi due to some unavoidable circumstances.

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