The country could face an intense gas shortage crisis in the winter, citing sources of the gas utility.
The consumers should get prepared to face the gas crisis,” sources at the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) said.
“Presently the country’s gas production is 750 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), while the imported RLNG has been around 1000 MMcfd,” the gas utility sources said.
“The gas demand has started rising and the shortfall is likely to soar to its highest level,” according to sources.
“Currently the gas supply has been 1700 MMcfd, while the demand has soared above 2500 million cubic feet per day,” sources said.
“Domestic consumers in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces will likely get gas three times a day, while supplying gas to the industrial and commercial sector will be difficult,” according to sources.
“The orders of imported LNG has been curtailed owing to very expansive rates,” sources said.
“SNGPL has informed the chambers of commerce about the impending gas crisis,” the source said.
“No attention given to discover new gas deposits, while our local reserves of gas will likely to be dried in the next few years,” sources added.
Sui Northern and Southern gas companies could run out of gas by 1.2 billion cubic feet. The government has suggested providing up to 350 mmcfd of LNG to domestic consumers.
According to Sources it has been proposed to stop providing gas to commercial consumers on November 1 and shift them to LNG.
Due to a projected shortage, gas delivery to the CNG sector will also be stopped during the upcoming winter season.
According to sources in the petroleum division, the proposed start date for the execution of the gas load management plan is November 1. The idea will be implemented following Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister, giving his permission.