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No CNG in Punjab from today

10 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Company Limited (SNGPL) has decided to suspend gas supply to the CNG stations in Punjab from today (Tuesday) for an indefinite period.

The decision in this regard has been taken in view of an exponential increase in gas consumption by the domestic sector, causing severe depletion of transmission pack, SNGPL's General Manager Sales Ashraf told APP on Monday. The gas supply for both zone-1 comprising Lahore, Sheikhupura, Sahiwal, Multan, Gujranawala, and Gujrat regions and zone-II, including Faisalabad, Sargodha, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Bahawalpur regions, would be suspended at 6am from December 10 (today), until further orders, he added.

According to another official, the government was working on all fronts to meet the growing energy needs of country. As part of such efforts, the official added the government was pursuing a vibrant and investment-friendly policy to attract more investment for the oil and gas sector. It was vigorously pursuing the TAPI and Pak-Iran gas projects, he added. The official said Iran's deal with the world powers on nuclear issue would have a positive effect on the project. He dispelled the impression that Pak-Iran gas pipeline project had been suspended, saying once sanctions were lifted on Iran, the project would get extra pace.

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Khaqan Abbasi has already said there was a no short-cut solution to the energy crisis. However, he said the possible short-term solution could be LNG project, besides improving existing infrastructure to achieve more benefit of the activities in the oil and gas sector. According to the official, some quarters had already raised baseless objections to the LNG project, but the government was determined to face such challenges in an efficient manner. Meanwhile, rejecting the decision, the All Pakistan CNG Association said all the sectors facing disconnection could run their businesses by using furnace oil, but the CNG sector had no alternate except natural gas.

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