SSGC management briefs APTMA about LNG and gas theft drive

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KARACHI: Amin Rajput, Acting MD, SSGC has reiterated that LNG is the fuel of the future and its availability is indispensable to bridge the demand-supply gap of natural gas as well as overcoming energy crisis in the country. In this regard, SSGC has developed the requisite pipeline infrastructure for transmitting RLNG volumes to the North. 

AMD, SSGC made these remarks while talking to the members of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Sindh-Balochistan Region at a meeting organized by the Association at the APTMA House in Karachi.   The AMD was accompanied during the meeting by SSGC’s Dr. Ejaz Ahmed, SGM (Customer Services), Saeed Larik, ASGM (Distribution-South), Brigadier (R) Mohammad Abuzar, Director General, Security Services and Control Gas Theft Operations (SS and CGTO) and Shehryar Kazmi, GM (Billing).   

The APTMA team expressed their concern at the prevalent energy crisis that has led to an increase in energy prices, hence pushing exports down.  They stressed the need for uninterrupted, cheap and secure energy supply and hoped that SSGC would look on top priority at the gas pressure and availability issues faced by the local textile sector.   In a reply to a query about supply of RLNG to the industries in Sindh, the SSGC team said that presently RLNG is allocated to RLNG only but in the future, RLNG will be transmitted and distributed as allocated by the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) to SSGC’s franchise areas. 

Brigadier (R) Mohammad Abuzar, Director General of SSGC’s newly established SS and CGTO Department dilated on various sections of the Gas (Theft and Recovery) Act, 2016 that was passed by the National Assembly. The Act, he said, calls for penalizing offenders involved in gas theft and related crimes by imposing imprisonment up to 14 years and fine up to Rs. 10 million.   Brigadier (R) M. Abuzar said that the Gas Act, the formation of gas utility courts for prosecuting gas thieves in Sindh and Balochistan as well as gas police station dedicated for the said purpose, has helped SSGC in intensifying crack downs on gas thieves.  DG (SS & CGTO) said that for meaningful results, the SS & CGTO Department has been structured on more result-oriented lines, whereby experienced civilians and law enforcement officials are taking care of gas theft intelligence, prosecution and operations wings of the Department.   He said that in the future, Police station especially dedicated to penalizing gas thieves will also be established in Sukkur, Thatta and Quetta.   DG (SS&SGTO) added that soon the Company would be launching a media campaign to highlight Gas Act and its penalties.  The campaign, he said, was focused only on gas thieves from domestic, commercial and industrial sectors. He sought APTMA’s support in identifying elements involved in gas theft related crimes. 

The APTMA members lauded SSGC’s ongoing drive against gas theft and hoped that gas saved as a result, will be passed on to the rightful and legal customers.  The APTMA members enquired why like power companies, SSGC does not resort to gas pipeline segmentation in order to curb UFG losses. The SSGC management replied that already the Company is engaged in pipeline segmentation but since the lines are buried underground and due to a spaghetti network, the process is long drawn and complicated.  He said already various CNG stations are on dedicated transmission lines while work on putting industries on dedicated lines are underway. 

After the meeting, Asif Imran, APTMA Chairman (Sindh-Balochistan Region) presented a shield to AMD, SSGC Amin Rajput for gracing the occasion. The APTMA was represented at the meeting by Asif Inam, Chairman, APTMA (Sindh-Balochistan Region), Tariq Saud, Former Chairman, Yaseen Sadik, Khurram Ashfaq and Nadeem Maqbool.