Severe Winters Cause 250mmcfd Gas Shortfall for SSGC
The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) is facing a gas shortfall of over 250 mmcfd, informed Saeed Larik, ADMD (UFG) SSGC, during a media briefing at the head office of the company.
The shortfall is coming from the fact that the company is currently being provided 1,000 mmcfd indigenous gas while its constrained demand is around 1,250 mmcfd.
Larik said this while explaining the natural gas load management plan that the company is implementing during the current winter season to the media.
The gap between demand and supply defines a sectoral priority set by the Federal Government with some specific directives from the cabinet committee on energy (CCOE), he said.
Further adding that the rapid depletion of natural resources in recent years has contributed to a shortfall of 200 to 250 mmcfd gas, especially since the domestic demand, hence sales, see an increase of 50 percent every year.
Since the CCOE has directed that there should be no curtailment of gas supply to the domestic and commercial sectors, the resulting shortfall in supply then comes from curtailing gas supply to CNG, general industry (non-export), and captive power plants (both non-export and export), which are connected to the power grid and can meet the requirement of their power generation.
Larik informed that after the Federal Cabinet decided to limit gas supply to captive units of the non-export general industry from mid-December 2020, the supply situation improved, but the severe winter spell in Sindh and Balochistan re-placed pressure on SSGC, which deteriorated the supply situation once again.