The Sui Northern Gas Company Limited(SNGPL) has strongly rejected the impression that the Punjab was being discriminated on account of gas supply.
“Technically speaking, there are ground realities which have forced SNGPL to increase industrial curtailment from four to five days”, the company’s official said.
Owing to reduced supply from Qadirpur, Sawan, Sui, Zam Zama fields and non-supply from Maramzai field the SNGPL is facing over 125 mmcfd additional shortfall which had led to such situation, he remarked.
He added according to a contract between SNGPL and the Industry since 1983 there was no commitment to supply gas during three months-December to February.
However, he added, the company had been supplying gas during these three months despite the fact that domestic demand was unchanged due to cold weather.
On the political front, the PPP-led government always wanted amicable solution of the problems including Gas loadshedding while taking all stakeholders on board.
The federal government’s sincerity was reflective in its efforts when the Punjab government was insisting on incorporating the gas issue in discussion of PPP and PML-N committees on the 10-point agenda.
The Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had requested the prime minister not to take up the gas issue in the meeting of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) or in the joint sitting of the parliament.
The prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday had said in Lahore that as per the constitution, gas would be supplied on priority to the provinces producing it. Despite the ECC decision to supply gas to Punjab on equal basis and his endorsment of the decision could not be implemented as the rest of three provincial governments had taken stay-order from their respective high courts in this regard.