Karachi: The shortage of the Natural Gas has crippled the industries as concern ministry is considering to close down the gas supply to CNG stations, captive power plants and industrial sectors.
There is an agreement in place between the government and industrial sector which allows government to hold gas supply to industries for three months in a year.
According to one estimate the CNG shortfall in country is about 800 million cubic feet per day. However, during December, January and February, the country is expected to experience an overall shortfall of 1.8 billion cubic feet per day. Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources holds the same old, same old argument of ‘increased demand’ to justify the shortfall.
The shortage of gas has not only affected the public and private transport sector but also industries of the country. SUI Southern Gas Company – which predicted the shortfall of 400 million cubic feet during the winters – is of the opinion that the new reservoirs of natural gas have been discovered in Sindh. “But unfortunately the extracting companies are showing a lack of drilling.”
Industries in the economic hub of Pakistan ‘Karachi’ are already working to meet fuel requirements through alternatives. According to our correspondent, industries of Korangi Industrial Area have started producing Fuel from mangrove wood.
Moreover, the transport sector is also suffering from existed CNG loadshedding. This situation would likely to be increased in winters. Anticipating the complete close down, the All Pakistan CNG Association has asked ministry of petroleum to ensure the daily supply of the natural gas to the CNG sector.
Early in 2004, the then government promoted the use of CNG and rapidly gave out license to open CNG stations. Whereas the industries and factories also started using natural gas as a fuel. Government statistics show that around 3.5 million private vehicles use natural gas in Pakistan.
— Report by Basmah Abdullah Zahid —