Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has sent a three-day closure schedule to all CNG filling stations across Sindh. The notification has directed the stations to remain closed on an alternate basis from next week.
This implies that the CNG stations shall remain closed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, next week. However, the CNG association highlighted in a statement that only the CNG stations are liable to follow the schedule issued by the government, whereas the Regasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) filling stations shall remain operational throughout the week.
About 3 weeks ago, SSGC announced that they will be cutting off its supply to CNG stations from 15th October 2020 till 15th February 2021. The decision was reportedly made because Sindh, which has over 70% of the country’s gas production share, is set to face an acute shortfall of the natural resource this winter.
An SSGC official also told the media that due to 150-200 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) gas shortages, sustainability plans had to be made for the approaching winter season, which would require SSGC to cut back on the gas supply for some industries. He also said that this is the first time in many years that SSGC is being supplied with less than 1,000 mmcfd. They cited the depletion of old gas fields and the low production capacity of the new gas fields as the reason for this shortfall.
Speculations are still being made if the government would be able to follow these schedules or if they would have to cork the operations of all CNG stations completely, as the more severe winter approaches, whereby the need for gas is likely to increase.