CNG stations in Sindh are set to remain closed for 48 hours due to increased gas supply to K-Electric amid severe electricity shortage in the metropolis.
The Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) has announced to increase its gas supply to K-Electric resulting in the closure of CNG stations across the province for 48 hours.
SSGC will provide an additional 40mmcfd gas to K-Electric to cope up with the increased demand in Karachi as the city is being subjected to prolonged power outages. Meanwhile SSGC has already been supplying an additional 100mmcfd gas to K-Electric as per the agreed contract.
Furthermore, gas supply will also remain suspended for captive power plants in industries for three days, and will be resumed from Monday.
Meanwhile, All Pakistan CNG Association and Site Association of Trade and Industry have voiced their concerns on the decision to prioritize K-Electric over CNG stations and factories stating that electricity generating plants can also be run on furnace oil and that other industries and sectors should not pay for K-Electric’s failure.
Prior to this, Federal Minister for Energy Omar Ayub, on Thursday, announced that the government will be providing an additional 200 megawatts of electricity to K-Electric, whereas 30,000 metric tons of furnace oil has already been provided to increase K-Electric’s power generating capacity to tackle the load shedding issue in the metropolitan city.