Senate Body Briefed On Gas Shortages, Remedial Measures
Faizan Hashmi 10 days ago Tue 12th October 2021 | 09:18 PM
The Ministry of Energy Tuesday gave a detailed briefing to the Senate's Standing Committee on Petroleum about the situation of gas supply especially during the peak winter season, shortages of the commodity and the measures taken by the authorities concerned to tackle the gas demand-supply gap
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Oct, 2021 ) :The Ministry of Energy Tuesday gave a detailed briefing to the Senate's Standing Committee on Petroleum about the situation of gas supply especially during the peak winter season, shortages of the commodity and the measures taken by the authorities concerned to tackle the gas demand-supply gap.
The ministry officials informed the meeting, chaired by Senator Muhammad Abdul Qadir, that the both Sui companies are making all-out effort to maintain uninterrupted gas supply to all the sectors including domestic and industrial consumers around-the-clock basis.
Whereas, during the winter season, the domestic gas demand increased by over three times on Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL)'s network and tw2 times on Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC)'s network due to use of water and room heaters. "So, there remains a shortfall even after maximum orders of RLNG by SNGPL. Therefore, load management is carried out to mitigate the demand supply gap".
The official apprised the meeting that during the winter load management of 2019-20, the SNGPL effectively managed demand-supply situation.
However, supply of gas to non-export General Industry was suspended from December 12-31, 2019. The gas supply to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) sector remained suspended from December 20-31, 2019 due to enhanced gas consumption by priority domestic sector and severe cold wave.
Upon increase in ambient temperatures, the supply of gas was restored to non-export General Industry from January 1, 2020 whereas supply to CNG sector was allowed two days a week (12 hours per day) from January 1-13, 2020, after which there was no curtailment of supplies.
During the winter load management 2020-21, the SNGPL faced delays in arrival of vessels and late berthing of LNG cargoes, resulting in demand-supply gap on the transmission system during the second half of December-2020.
In order to mitigate the shortfall, the officials said, the SNGPL resorted to closure of CNG stations in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; and Captive Power Plants (Non-zero rated) of Punjab along-with curtailment of RLNG supplies to the power sector.
Since the situation was beyond the control of SNGPL, the curtailment was undertaken in pursuant to the Cabinet Committee on Energy's decision dated November 26, 2020, as per the approved Load Management Plan 2020-21.
They said the winter gas load-management plan was being prepared which would be presented to the Cabinet for approval, adding all-out efforts would be made to ensure maximum supply of gas to different sectors.
Chairman Committee Senator Muhammad Abdul Qadir suggested that locally produced gas, which was inexpensive, should be provided to domestic consumers and costly imported RLNG should be diverted towards industrial units which could afford such rates.
The ministry representatives informed the committee that electricity demand decreased during winter season and gas demand surged. "Policy is being drafted which would allow domestic users to utilize electricity during the winters for heating purposes at fixed rates." Senator Rukhsana Zuberi said there should be awareness campaign for the conservation of energy. "People should be apprised of the impending energy crisis."The SSGC officials informed that a robust awareness drive was being run through print, electronic and social media to raise awareness regarding conservation of energy resources.