Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) has closed all Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Sindh for three days. The rapid depletion of gas reserves was cited as a reason for the closure of the company.
According to a spokesperson, all CNG stations in Sindh have been ordered to remain closed for 72 hours between 8 a.m. on Friday, April 15, and 8 a.m. on Monday, April 18. He also stated that the company will cut off the gas supply to all general industry and captive power plants for 24 hours beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
He emphasized that the shutdown is part of the SSGCL’s gas load management program, which was implemented to address the ongoing shortfall. According to the company’s official notification:
Keeping in view the short supply of gas in SSGCL system, the availability of gas has decreased resulting in depletion of line pack/low pressure in the system. In compliance with sectoral priority order in force for gas load management, all CNG Stations in Sindh (including those being operating on RLNG), will remain closed.
SSGC’s most recent closure announcement was made on April 8, 2022, just over a week ago. With the ongoing gas shortage despite the end of the winter season, the survival of several industries appears to be jeopardized.