Power sector may get more gas

Posted on August 4, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

ISLAMABAD: The power sector is expected to get additional 33 million cubic feet (mmcfd) gas per day after completion of Annual Turn-Around (ATA) from July 25 to August 3 and today (Friday) of Zamzama gas field. 

After the completion of Zamzama gas field’s ATA, a total of 65 mmcfd gas would come into the system of Sui-Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL). “On the directions of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, the SNGPL management would allocate 33 mmcfd of the restored gas to Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to enhance power production,” sources added.

However, sources added that after Eid-ul-Fitr gas supply from the field would remain suspended for five days due to general ATA.

“Zamzama will resume gas supply from tonight (Friday) but about 48 hours will be required to bring production to full capacity”, an official of SNGPL said.

He said that four fertilizer plants of the system of SNGPL were closed and Zamzama gas was, as per agreement, dedicated to those fertilizer plants but keeping in view the serious power crisis gas would be diverted to power plants. 

The country at present is facing serious energy crisis and there is a permanent shortfall of around 4,000-5,000 megawatts of electricity. To enhance power production Pakistan State Oil (PSO), on the directions of federal government, has increased the supply of furnace oil.

A senior official of the Petroleum Ministry said the government’s decision to enhance furnace oil supply to power sector had badly impacted on the financial position of PSO, which was supplying two billion rupees fuel to furnace oil based power houses daily, while recoveries were at a standstill.

Sources further said the Petroleum Ministry had also increased the duration of gas loadshedding for CNG sector from two and half days to three days in Punjab, which violated the agreement signed between All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) and Petroleum Ministry on June 14.

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