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SSGC refutes reports of a gas supply schedule

Says Energy Ministry will announce any curtailment in gas supply.

KARACHI: Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) on Sunday refuted reports rumors that it has issued a schedule for the provision of gas amid an expected shortage in Pakistan in the winter months.

In a Twitter post, the SSGC referred to a picture circulating on social media and clarified that the information being attributed to SSGC was “fake news”.

“A post is being shared on social media listing down a ‘Gas Schedule’ and attributing the information to SSGC. Please note this is fake news and SSGC has nothing to do with it. If there is any curtailment announcement, it will be from the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division),” read the SSGC statement.

According to the post being shared on social media, the gas company has announced a timetable for gas load shedding, according to which gas will be supplied to domestic consumers thrice a day during these hours: Morning: 5:30am-8:30am, Afternoon: 11:30am-2pm and Evening: 4pm-10pm.

‘Gas supply to be ensured at breakfast, lunch, dinner hours’

The development follows a statement on Friday by Federal Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar, who said that gas supply will be ensured at breakfast, lunch, dinner hours.

The statement came during a discussion in Senate over the expected gas crisis as Azhar shot down rumours about the provision of gas for only three days a week.

“For the first time, the government is trying to ensure gas supply three times each day,” said Azhar. When asked if people will be able to fry an egg during the gas shortage, Azhar responded positively.