SSGC has doubled efforts against gas thieves, Senate told

KARACHI: Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) is taking concrete steps to curb the menace of gas theft especially since the inception of Criminal Act 2011 and support of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
A significant number of gas theft cases have been unearthed and claims have been subsequently lodged. 
Zuhair Siddiqui Managing Director SSGC and his team during a presentation at the Senate Standing Committee for Petroleum and Natural Resources headed by its Chairman Senator Muhammad Yousuf briefed them about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) services agreement on the fast track LNG Project.  
Jam Kamal Khan Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources and Naeem Malik additional Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Resources (P&NR) also deliberated in detail on the issues related to gas theft, unaccounted for natural gas (UFG) and LNG.
Committee members Senator Rozi Khan Kakar, Senator Rubina Irfan and Senator Hamza, Kazi Salim Siddiqui DG (Gas), Shahid Yousuf DG (Liquid Gases) and Mobin Saulat MD Inter State Gas Systems (Pvt) Ltd participated in the meeting by sharing their perspectives on various points in the agenda.   
A day earlier, the Committee members and other government functionaries visited the proposed site of the Engro Elengy’s LNG Terminal.
They were explained about the last one-year Company’s progress.Company said  it came extremely hard against gas theft by cracking down over 87 major theft cases that had helped Company to recover more than Rs 35 million and claimed 309 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) volume of gas.   The Company lodged over 50 FIRs against gas theft culprits during the current financial year, the Committee members were told. 
Siddiqui attributed the rising trend of gas theft to rapid urbanisation that has resulted in creation of numerous kaatchi abadis where direct use of gas by non-customers was rampant.  
MD informed the senators Company has lately acquired the services of a Police Station in Karachi, which would be solely dedicated towards bringing to book gas theft miscreants in accordance with the Criminal Act 2011. 
In addition, he said the Company was inducting new technologies such as remote monitoring in Compressed Natural Gas stations by placing modems for extracting minute by minute data, smart meters for detecting pressure and identifying gas theft and installing cyber locks in CMSs to avoid unauthorised access.  
Rahat Kamal Siddiqui Project Director LNG presented to the delegation the salient features of the LNG s agreement of the fast track LNG agreement, which was inked on April 30, 2014 by SSGC and Elengy Energy Terminal Pakistan Ltd. 
LNG Terminal will have processing capacity of 200 mmcfd re-gasified LNG in year one and 400 mmcfd from year two till the end of the contract term of 15 years. 
Additional Secretary P&NR said the government was determined to bring in a fuel that was comparatively cheaper than the available options and in this regard was following a 3-pronged strategy involving government-to-government negotiations, international competitive bidding and spot buying.
State Minister Jam Kamal said Prime Minister has given directives for setting up more than 24 LPG-air mix plants for towns in Balochistan, which were off the distribution grid. 
SSGC said the people of Gwadar, Noshki and Surab were availing a sustainable supply of LPG through the Company’s air-mix plants.

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