The nation is possibly to face the worst shortage of gas during this chilly winter season, especially in the months of December, January and February, as the gap between the gas supply and demand would increase owing to the less availability of local and imported gas, it was informed on Tuesday.
As per the sources, the government-owned Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited and Sui Southern Gas Pipeline Limited, have given information to the industrial consumers for making alternate arrangement this season as they would be disconnecting the gas supplies.
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The domestic consumers throughout the country were already raising their voices against the low pressure of gas supply, the sources added.
According to the sources, the gas shortfall currently stands at nearly three hundred million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) to 40mmcfd, while it would be increased up to 700mmcfd during the severe winter season.
It has been observed that the current government is striving hard to make sure that the gas is supplied in the season for all categories of consumers.
Present 6 LNG cargos are being imported by the Pakistan State Oil (PSO), while just 2 cargos are being imported by the Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL) for meeting the gas demand. But, a permanent end to the gas shortage is nowhere to be seen in the present season.
The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) in the State of the Industry Report 2016-17 had mentioned that with an addition of 300,000 gas consumers annually, the nation’s gas shortage is approximated to reach 4bcfd—which almost equals to the present total supplies in the span of 2 years and would go beyond 6.6bcfd by 2030.
The report also mentioned that beyond five years’ time, more than 300,000 consumers had been added to the gas network yearly while the development in the power commercial and residential and fertiliser industries caused the shortage.