Imran Maniar, Managing Director, Sui Southern Gas Company Limited, has said that Punjab uses more RLNG than Sindh, due to which the price of RLNG in Punjab is lower. Last month, 150 MMCFD RLNG was used in Punjab, while only 8 MMCFDL was used in Sindh. There is a problem of demand in Sindh, especially since the industrialists of Karachi are not interested in buying RLNG. The price of imported gas is getting higher in Sindh.
He expressed these views in a meeting with the Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI). KATI President Saleem-uz-Zaman, KITE CEO Zubair Chhaya, Senior Vice President Zaki Sharif, Vice President Nighat Awan, Newly Elected President KATI Salman Aslam, Ehteshamuddin, Masood Naqi, Farhan-ur-Rehman, Danish Khan, Rashid Siddiqui, Johar Qandhari, Farrukh Mazhar, Fazal-e-Jalil, and other members were present on occasion.
The MD SSGC said that even in the media, there is propaganda that the government did not make timely efforts to buy RLNG the demand for RLNG is deficient; how can the government sign gas contracts of higher quantity?
Besides, the price of gas is high due to an increase in freight charges globally. Imran Maniar further said that the country also lacks facilities for gas storage. He stressed the need to set up a storage network for gas storage in the country to help meet the gas shortage and pressure in the future.
MD SSGC said that SNGPL had launched a cylinder facility for home users in Punjab in which they have an active way to deliver the cylinder to their doorstep on a single call. He added that the gas problem occurs only during November, December, and January, adding that two new terminals are being launched soon.
Earlier, KATI President Saleem-uz-Zaman welcomed MD SSGC Imran Maniar to KATI and said that industrialists face a shortage of gas at the beginning of winter. He said that the process of title transfer of gas connection in SSGC was prolonged.
President KATI said that it is understood that there will be a shortage of gas this year. Also, in this regard, SSGC should coordinate with KATI to provide timely information about gas shortages to the industrialists.
Zubair Chhaya, CEO of KITE, said that KATI’s relationship with SSGC is not the same as that with other organizations. He said that SSGC would appoint a focal person for KATI to be in constant touch, and timely action would be taken for the problems of the Korangi industrial area.
Former President Masood Naqi said that the extension of the gas load is allowed by SSGC, but the increased gas is not provided to the consumers. He said that OGRA completely ignores industrialists; what is the reason that there is no shortage of gas in Punjab and gas crisis for industries in Sindh intensifies. He said that cheaper gas was being provided in Punjab compared to Sindh, which was not creating an atmosphere of competition in Sindh.
Ehteshamuddin, Chairman Standing Committee, said that the SSGC should formulate a gas management plan for industries before winter when there is a severe gas shortage so that problems can be overcome in advance.
Photo caption: KATI President Saleem-uz-Zaman presenting a shield to Imran Maniar, MD Sui Southern Gas Company. Zaki Sharif, Nighat Awan, Salman Aslam, Ehteshamuddin, Danish Khan, Syed Tariq Hussain and others are also present.