Federal Minister for Energy, Omar Ayub Khan, has revealed that the Sindh government will be solely responsible for the shortage of gas in Karachi in the coming winter season as it is not fulfilling its responsibilities aptly.
Taking to Twitter, the Minister said the Sindh government has not granted Right of Way (ROW) to the Federal government for laying 17 kms Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) pipeline despite numerous letters and meetings in the last year and a half.
Sind Govt has STILL not given the Right of Way permission for the 17 kms SSGC pipeline despite REPEATED letters, meetings with the officials over a period of 1.5 years. Sind Govt will be directly responsible for any gas shortages in Karachi.
— Omar Ayub Khan (@OmarAyubKhan) October 19, 2020
Earlier this month, the Energy Minister had disclosed that Sindh will face a gas shortfall of over 400 mmcfd in the coming winter season, adding that Sindh’s gas crisis will intensify in December and January.
Back then, Omar Ayub said that Sindh’s gas shortage can be reduced to 250 mmcfd if the Sindh government permits the Federal government to lay an additional gas pipeline.
Recently, SSGC had suspended the gas supply to CNG stations for the next four months across Sindh due to an acute shortfall of gas. CNG stations will have to operate on LNG from 15 October 2020 to 15 February 2021.
Safdar Hussain, the spokesperson for the SSGC, while explaining the rationale behind the move, said that the SSGC has been forced to take this decision in order to meet the demand of domestic consumers.