Owing to a critical shortage of gas, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) Ltd. has decided to extend the suspension of gas supply for the CNG stations across Sindh.
In an announcement made earlier this week, SSGC said that they would resume the supply of gas at 08:00 AM today, but instead, SSGC has gone on to extend the suspension of gas supply further till 08:00 AM on Saturday, the 16th of January, 2020.
SSGC has stressed that their foremost priority – amid the acute shortage of gas – is to accommodate the domestic users during the intense winter. The relevant officials have hinted that the gas crisis is set to worsen since the rate of production of gas is much lower this time around than its demand.
The petroleum sector, out of a desperate need to get up to paces with the demand, suggested the use of flare gas as fuel for transport and other commercial machinery. However, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) reportedly shot-down the idea out of safety concerns.
OGRA stated in a letter sent to the petroleum division, that the inconsistent quality of the gas would damage CNG equipment at CNG stations, and would compromise the integrity of the CNG systems installed in the cars, thus risking damage to property and endangering the people’s lives.