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Hammad Azhar announces restoration of normal gas supply to all sectors

Forced [gas] loadshedding was eliminated Friday evening, tweets Hammad Azhar

By Web Desk
July 05, 2021
Energy Minister Hammad Azhar. File photo
Energy Minister Hammad Azhar. File photo 

ISLAMABAD:  Energy Minister Hammad Azhar announced Monday that the government was restoring supply of gas to all sectors after the energy  shortage had adversely impacted businesses and industries across the country. 

Taking to Twitter, the minister said normal gas supply and pressure was being restored to all sectors. He added that forced loadshedding  had ended on Friday. 

Last week, the minister had announced that the Kunnar Passaki Deep (KPD) gas field had resumed supply to the Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) network after the completion of its annual turnover.

The energy minister had also tweeted about the start of the dry docking of Engro’s LNG terminal, which he said, will be completed by Monday (today).

Azhar added that Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) gas diversions will mostly take place during this time.

The gas crisis in the country has hit the industry and the CNG sector hard due to the closure of the KPD gas field and the dry docking of the LNG terminal, with the business community blaming the government’s mismanagement for the shortage.

According to a report, the SSGC faced a gas shortfall of 160mmcfd in its system due to which CNG stations had been closed for almost two weeks.

However, the gas stations resumed operations from today after a prolonged closure.