Owing to a critical shortage of gas across the country, the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has suspended the supply of gas to all CNG stations across Sindh. An official notification from SSGC states that the suspension of the supply will remain effective for three days from Monday onwards.
The LNG and local gas pumps have been instructed to remain shut for the same period, and the SSGC’s officials announced that the CNG stations would restart operations at 8 AM on Thursday.
A media report further added that the shortage of gas is expected to worsen in the coming days as the government had been unable to acquire the three cargoes of the LNG that were supposed to have been brought in by January.
As per the report, the reason for the delay is that the bids the government received had been at a fixed price of $12.95 to $15.95 per MMBtu which had made the deal uneconomical for the government.
The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Petroleum, Nadeem Babar, informed the media last week that there has been a drastic slump in the production of gas over the past few days. He added that the government is prioritizing the supply of gas for domestic use so that the general public may not be inconvenienced amid the intense winter.