ISLAMABAD: The Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) on Monday announced to suspend gas supply to the CNG sector in Sindh and Balochistan till February 15, 2022.
“In adherence to the Goverenment of Pakistan approved Gas Load Management Plan, that places domestic and commercial customers on top of the gas sectoral list, it has been decided to suspend gas supplied to all CNG stations across Sindh and Balochistan as per following schedule i.e. from December 1st 2021 (8:00 am) till February 15, 2022 (10:00 pm),” a statement released by the gas utility in this regard said.
SSGCL added that the SSGC looks forward to the CNG sector for understanding the gravity of the situation and expects its cooperation for serving the domestic customers better, through uninterrupted gas supplies.
As per local media reports, the decision to suspend gas supplied to the CNG sector has been taken to make gas available to the domestic customers during the current winter season that has already seen a major spike in demand.
Earlier on November 27, SSGCL had cut gas supplies to all Captive Power Plants (CPPs) of general industries (non-export) across the two provinces in adherence to Petroleum Division’s priority order for gas load management.
The discontinuation of gas supplies to all these Captive Power Plants (CPPs) was exercised under the Gas Sales Agreement (GSA) signed with CPPs, as the agreement states that gas supply will be provided by the company on an ‘as and when available’ basis only during March to November each year, a statement had read, adding that the domestic sector tops the list of the petroleum division’s priority order of gas load management.
Gas supply to all these CPPs shall remain discontinued till further orders, however zero rated export industry including its CPPs along with the fertilizer sector will continue to get the gas, the statement added.