Karachi (PR): SSGC organized a media briefing in its Head Office to explain to the media persons about the natural gas load management plan it is implementing during the current winter season. The briefing was addressed by Saeed Larik, ADMD (UFG). He was assisted by Kamran Nagi, GM/Incharge Distribution Karachi, Shahbaz Islam, GM (Corporate Communications) and Official Company Spokesperson and Mohammad Kamran, DGM-Billing.
In his remarks, ADMD (UFG) reiterated that SSGC always works towards ensuring uninterrupted gas supply to its customers. However, since there is a major gap between demand and supply that needs to be managed by load management which actually defines a sectoral priority set by the Federal Government with some specific directives from the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE). Mr. Larik said that while SSGC is currently being provided 1000 mmcfd indigenous gas, constrained demand is around 1250 mmcfd.
Mr. Larik explained that the rapid depletion of natural resources in recent years has contributed primarily to a shortfall of 200 to 250 mmcfd gas especially since domestic sales see an increase of 50% every year. He said that as per CCOE directives, there would be no curtailment of gas supply to the domestic and commercial sector, and in order to meet the demand of high priority sectors, SSGC is obligated to curtail gas supplies to CNG, general industry (non-export), captive power plants (non-export) and captive power plants (export) which are connected to the power grid and can meet the requirement of their power generation.
AMD (UFG) said that the current decision to curtail gas to Captive Power Plants (CPPs) of industries including non-export and export is on us and available basis from March to November each year as per agreement. In this situation, these units would make duel-fired arrangements to avoid production loss between the peak winter months of December, January, and February, and SSGC is not obligated to supply gas to captive units of the general industry from December to February, he explained.
Mr. Larik noted that the Federal Cabinet approved gas curtailment to captive units of the non-export general industry from the middle of December 2020 but SSGC continued to ensure uninterrupted gas supply till December end since the supply position was better. However record-breaking winter spell in both Sindh and Balochistan placed severe pressure on the SSGC system that deteriorated the supply situation, compelling SSGC to serve notices of curtailment to CPPs of general industries twice, one for 50% curtailment and then for 100% cut in the last week of December when the notices were not complied with, putting the system under severe stress. Mr. Larik added that notices were issued to the captive units of export-based industries for closure this Sunday but due to the massive power breakdown in the country, the curtailment could not be implemented. Mr. Larik stressed that the CCOE’s priority order needs to be complied with by all the stakeholders especially in extreme situations to ensure a steady supply to the domestic and commercial customers.
The SSGC management informed the media persons that hopefully as mercury would rise in the next couple of weeks, there would be more induction of local gas and SSGC would be allowed to retain RLNG up to 150 mmcfd to meet consumer demand.
GM (Corporate Communications) added that customers can lodge gas-related complaints with SSGC through a number of tools including the 24/7 1199 Call Centre, Social media platforms, Customer Connect mobile app, customer facilitation centres and Mega Service Centre.
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