Rs113.8b being spent on gas transmission system up-gradation

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The two state-owned companies, SNGPL and SSGC, are expected to spend over Rs 113.8 billion on the up-gradation of gas transmission and distribution systems in their respective operational areas across the country during the current fiscal year.

“The gas companies have planned to invest Rs 27,669 million on transmission projects, Rs 77,484 million on distribution projects, and Rs 8,746 million on other projects bringing the total investment of Rs 113,899 million during the fiscal year 2022-23,” according to an official document available with APP.

The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has planned to lay 9,605 kilometer transmission and distribution pipelines, while Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) 1,102-kilometer pipelines to improve their efficiency and smooth supply of gas to domestic, industrial, and commercial consumers.

The available statistics indicate that Pakistan has an extensive gas network with more than 13,513 KM transmission, 155,679 KM distribution, and 41,231 KM service gas pipelines to cater to the requirement of millions of consumers. The number of consumers has increased from 10.3 million to more than 10.7 million across the country.

The companies are also executing at least three strategic projects to supply gas to two Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and an industrial park in their respective areas to boost industrial production.

For this purpose, the government has allocated funds amounting to Rs 431.45 million in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP 2022-23) to advance three ongoing projects one each in Balochistan, Sindh, and Punjab.

The SSGC is laying a pipeline to supply 10 MMCFD (Metric Million Cubic Feet per Day) Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) to Bostan Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Balochistan Province with an allocation of Rs 100 million for the current fiscal year, and a dedicated line to provide 13 MMCFD RLNG to Bin Qasim Industrial Park, located in Karachi city of Sindh province, with Rs 74.71 million funds.

Similarly, the SNGPL is carrying forward a project to supply 40 MMCFD gas/RLNG to Allama Iqbal Industrial City, a Special Economic Zone in Faisalabad of Punjab province, for which the government has earmarked Rs 256.74 million funds in the PSDP 2022-23. (APP)