The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has allowed Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) & Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGCL) to install Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) connections to domestic users.
The approval has come 17 months after the government announced its policy for the provision of RLNG connections to private housing societies. This is the first time that RLNG is being distributed to domestic consumers. Before that, it was used only in commercial and industrial sectors.
OGRA issued a letter to managing directors of the Sui companies in this regard. It said that the RLNG-based connection will only be allowed for new housing schemes.
OGRA’s letter reads,
In compliance with approved policy and also under the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC)-approved guideline, volumes and pricing of RLNG is to be treated under ring-fenced arrangement while the Sui companies will refrain from providing RLNG-based domestic connection in the existing housing colonies/societies and localities where domestic consumers are already being supplied natural gas at the indigenous gas tariff.
OGRA has directed both gas utilities to provide details of housing schemes and societies (where the RNLG connections are being granted), the number of consumers, and the contract with consumers.
The regulatory body has fixed the security deposit (refundable) for such connections at Rs. 15,000. The companies would have the authority to revise it once a consumption pattern is established.
OGRA has also fixed the service line charges (non-refundable) at Rs. 15,000 for a ten marlas or 300 square yards house; and Rs. 30,000 for a house bigger than that.
The bills will be issued on a monthly consumption basis and will be payable within 15 days of the date of issue of the bills.