Loadshedding reduced in Karachi; Sui Southern Gas Company and Karachi Electric Supply Company resolve dispute

Karachi, May 28, 2013 (PPI-OT): The sufferings of the people of Karachi will now end as the dispute between the Sui Southern Gas Company and the Karachi Electric Supply Company regarding curtailment of gas supply against non-payment of dues has been settled. Now SSGC will supply to KESC 220 mmcfd of gas on a daily basis and KESC will pay 30 percent over the recurring bill as settlement of its previous outstanding dues.

The SSGC spokesman said that as a result of the agreement between the two public utilities, now there would be zero load shedding for industrial consumers in Karachi and also no load shedding for those domestic consumers who pay their bills on time.

The SSGC spokesman said that at no time had SSGC completely stopped supply of gas to KESC. It had been supplying 120 to 130 mmcfd of gas to the power utility for the last 5 months. At the request of the Election Commission of Pakistan, this was enhanced to 160 mmcfd during the election days. After the elections, the gas supply was again brought back to the original 130 mmcfd level and there was no stoppage of supply as such.

He said that SSGC was continuing to supply gas to KESC despite the fact that KESC had been constantly defaulting on its payments to SSGC. He said that now the dispute had been settled and SSGC would supply 220 mmcfd of gas to KESC. The power utility on its part would repay the debt through 30% of the recurring bill.

Referring to a perception that is currently being spread that shortfall of gas had occurred in Karachi as SSGC had pumped some 90 mmcfd of gas to SNGPL for consumption in Punjab, the spokesman said there was absolutely no truth in this.

He said that SSGC had not transmitted any gas to SNGPL though small volumes of gas are exchanged by both distribution companies (SSGC and SNGPL) during the year to balance the system but that is minimal and does not affect the main volume of gas in the SSGC system in any manner.

For more information, contact:
Inayatullah Ismail
Deputy Chief Manager
Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC)
Corporate Communication Department (Media Relations)
Tel: +9221 9902 1773
Cell: +92322 222 5159
Fax: +9221 9923 1662
Email: inayatullah@ssgc.com.pk

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