Pakistani gas firm cuts supplies to CNG stations amid shortages
Pakistan's main gas company Sui Southern Gas Co (SSGC) announced on November 29 it would cut off supplies to compression natural gas (CNG) filling stations in the Sindh and Balochistan provinces this winter in order to preserve supply amid shortages.
SSGC said the supplies would be suspended from December 1, 2021 until February 15, 2022, noting that the decision was in line with the government's policy of prioritising gas supply to household and commercial customers.
Pakistan wants to give gas a larger role in fuelling its economy and phase out the use of fuel oil in heating and power generation. But it has dealt with recurring shortages over the years because of infrastructure constraints. Meanwhile, Pakistan and other importers are currently paying significantly more for LNG shipments as a result of the global supply crunch.
"Decision to suspend gas supply to CNG sector has been taken to make gas available to our domestic customers during the current winter season that has already seen a major spike in the demand of gas," SSGC said in a post on social media.
The company has recently been calling on customers in recent days to avoid wasting gas. On November 27 it said it was discontinuing gas supply to non-export captive power plants in Sindh and Balochistan until further notice.