‘Karachi gas load to increase to 1.2bcf by 2010’
KARACHI: The Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) gas supply is projected to increase to 1.2bcf (billion cubic feet) by 2010, making the city Pakistan’s biggest load centre, greater than Lahore, Gujranwala and Faisalabad combined, that is currently hovering nearly at 800 mmcfd (metric million cubic feet).
This was stated by Azim Iqbal Siddiqui, Managing Director, SSGC while giving a presentation to the members of the Senate Functional Committee for Less Developed Areas in the company head office here on Friday.
Senator Mir Wali M Badani who was accompanied by the committee members Amjad Abbas and Hafiz Rasheed Ahmed led the committee.
Siddiqui informed the senators that SSGC was putting together a system by placing additional lines in order to ensure an efficient and uninterrupted supply of gas.
He pointed out that as part of the gas infrastructure and rehabilitation projects in Balochistan, a gas sales agreement (GSA) was signed with Mari Gas Company (MGCL) in 2006 to receive 22 mmcfd of gas from Zarghun South Gas Field. SSGC will construct a 64 km, 12” dia pipeline from the field to Quetta pipeline transmission network.
He said that the proposed project would be completed by December 2008. He said that SSGC was laying down several other important pipelines including 18” dia, 18 Km Abegum – Mach loopline and 18” dia 53 km Dhadher to Abb-e-gum lines, all of which will collectively benefit the domestic customers in Balochistan.
The MD pointed out that in 2006-07, SSGC supplied gas to 210 towns and villages, of which 90 destinations were covered in Balochistan and 110 in Sindh which was a far cry from the situation that existed in 2000 when not a single town or villages in Balochistan had gas connection.
He said that SSGC under its comprehensive 5-year plan has sharply increased its gas supply to neglected areas in the past, which was a proof of its abiding commitment to the province. The MD said that the company had completed a number of projects solely out of company resources and had constantly been identifying those areas where gas had not yet reached. staff report