In the month of May, many homes in Pakistan that are served by the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGPL) have low gas pressure or no gas supply. From 10 p.m. to 5 or 6 a.m., load shedding will affect SSGC customers for seven to eight hours, while SNGPL residential customers will also experience this.
The SSGC is experiencing a 265 mmfd gas shortage as a result of its 1,165 mmcfd demand outstripping its 900 mmcfd supply, which includes 90 mmcfd of RLNG. Due to annual maintenance, the Sui Northern system also had a 12-day loss of 85 mmcfd gas.
According to an SSGC spokeswoman, the gas load shedding is carried out for seven to eight hours in order to maintain the gas line pack and ensure that the gas supply is available for 16 to 17 hours. Gas supply to Balochistan is only 109 mmcfd. Due to the Nashpa plant’s supplies being cut off for 12 days, the Sui Northern system is also in danger.
According to the agreement that the gas firms have with residential customers, gas is only provided for cooking purposes and not continuously, according to a Sui Northern official. Gas used to be provided by the gas companies for 24 hours, but this was not acceptable to household customers.
The News claims that whereas the fertiliser sector receives 88 mmcfd of RLNG, the Punjab power sector receives 605 mmcfd. Low temperatures have caused the RLNG use in the power sector to drop to 605 mmcfd. The government has a purchase capability of 1,200 mmcfd but only receives 900 mmcfd of gas. On long-term contracts, Pakistan is receiving nine cargoes of RLNG, eight from Qatar and one from ENI.
Despite RLNG prices on the global market falling to $12–13 a barrel, Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL) is reportedly unable to buy spot cargoes because of a shortage of dollars.