SNGPL to resume four-day gas supply to Punjab textile industry

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Four days a week gas supply to textile industry in Punjab will be resumed with improvement in supplies, said reliable sources from the SNGPL. The gas supply on the SNGPL network has reduced to 1725mmcfd from earlier over 1800mmcfd while the demand is yet around 2300mmcfd, according to sources.

It may be noted that the gas pipeline was ruptured by the miscreants recently, hitting the supply side heavily. Resultantly, the gas supply to the textile industry in Punjab was reduced to three days a week. This situation irked the textile industry by and large and the APTMA leadership threatened of rejecting the load management plan and filing of FIRs in case the SNGPL staff tried to cut supply lines from Monday onwards.

However, the SNGPL sources pointed out that the gas supply was being made in accordance with the need of every segment of the consumers, including domestic, industrial and CNG operators. The SNGPL sources have further pointed out that the overall supplies have cut down by 150mmcfd comparing with April 2013 and the demand side has witnessed an increase of 50 to 60mmfcd correspondingly.

The APTMA leadership has also called on the Governor Punjab Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood on Thursday, pointing out the discrimination of the authorities towards the industry in Punjab. They are also due to call on the caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Najam Sethi on Friday (today). The energy supply to the textile industry has become a permanent source of trouble for the government, as it is not able to meet the energy demands, including the electricity and the gas. Resultantly, some 30 percent production capacity has been hit hard over the last three days and the potential of exports is being compromised heavily.

Courtesy: Business Recorder

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