CNG stations to remain closed till Thursday in Sindh: SSGC

CNG association demands filling service to stay available 24/7

KARACHI: The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has announced to keep compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Sindh closed for three days from Monday to Wednesday.

According to an official notification issued on Monday, CNG in the province will now be available at 8:00 am on Thursday as the gas crisis escalates in the country, while LNG stations will remain closed as well.

It is worth mentioning that according to a statement by the Petroleum Division in December 2020, the government had announced that it has arranged 12 LNG cargoes for January 2021. The spokesperson of the Petroleum Division had said that additional LNG has also been arranged in some cargoes.

For January 2021, 30 percent more and cheaper LNG is being sought as compared to the rates and quantity in January 2018, the spokesperson had claimed, adding that the SSGC is facing low gas pressure only in Karachi and Quetta.

There is an acute gas crisis across Pakistan as winters get harsher. Gas supply to stations is being suspended in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab and to make matters worse.

The government has decided to close down the gas supply for an export industry once a week if an emergency-like situation emerges in January regarding the availability of gas.