SSGC man­age­ment briefs APTMA about LNG and gas theft drive

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KARACHI: Amin Ra­jput, Act­ing MD, SSGC has re­it­er­ated that LNG is the fuel of the fu­ture and its avail­abil­ity is in­dis­pens­able to bridge the de­mand-sup­ply gap of nat­u­ral gas as well as over­com­ing en­ergy cri­sis in the coun­try. In this re­gard, SSGC, he said, has de­vel­oped the req­ui­site pipe­line in­fra­struc­ture for trans­mit­ting RLNG vol­umes to North.

AMD, SSGC made th­ese re­marks while talk­ing to the mem­bers of All Pak­istan Tex­tile Mills As­so­ci­a­tion (APTMA), Sind­hBalochis­tan Re­gion at a meet­ing or­ga­nized by the As­so­ci­a­tion at the APTMA House in Karachi. The AMD was ac­com­pa­nied dur­ing the meet­ing by SSGC’s Dr. Ejaz Ahmed, SGM (Cus­tomer Ser­vices), Saeed Larik, ASGM ( Dis­tri­bu­tion- South), Bri­gadier (R) Mo­ham­mad Abuzar, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Se­cu­rity Ser­vices and Con­trol Gas Theft Op­er­a­tions (SS and CGTO) and Shehryar Kazmi, GM (Billing).

The APTMA team ex­pressed their con­cern at the preva­lent en­ergy cri­sis that has led to an in­crease in en­ergy prices, hence push­ing ex­ports down. They stressed the need for un­in­ter­rupted, cheap and se­cure en­ergy sup­ply and hoped that SSGC would look on top pri­or­ity at the gas pres­sure and avail­abil­ity is­sues faced by the lo­cal tex­tile sec­tor.

In a re­ply to a query about sup­ply of RLNG to the in­dus­tries in Sindh, the SSGC team said that presently RLNG is al­lo­cated to SNGPLonly but in fu­ture, RLNG will be trans­mit­ted/ dis­trib­uted as al­lo­cated by the Min­istry of En­ergy (Pe­tro­leum Di­vi­sion) to SSGC’s fran­chise ar­eas.

Bri­gadier (R) Mo­ham­mad Abuzar, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of SSGC’s newly es­tab­lished SS and CGTO Depart­ment di­lated on var­i­ous sec­tions of the Gas (Theft and Re­cov­ery) Act, 2016 that was passed by the Na­tional As­sem­bly. The Act, he said, calls for pe­nal­iz­ing of­fend­ers in­volved in gas theft and re­lated crimes by im­pos­ing im­pris­on­ment up to 14 years and fine up to Rs. 10 mil­lion. Bri­gadier (R) M. Abuzar said that theGas Act, the for­ma­tion of gas util­ity courts for pros­e­cut­ing gas thieves in Sindh and Balochis­tan as well as gas po­lice sta­tion ded­i­cated for the said pur­pose, has helped SSGC in in­ten­si­fy­ing crack downs on gas thieves. DG (SS & CGTO) said that for mean­ing­ful re­sults, the SS & CGTO Depart­ment has been struc­tured on more re­sul­to­ri­ented lines, whereby ex­pe­ri­enced civil­ians and law en­force­ment of­fi­cials are tak­ing care of gas theft in­tel­li­gence, pros­e­cu­tion and op­er­a­tions wings of the Depart­ment. He said that in the fu­ture, Po­lice sta­tion es­pe­cially ded­i­cated to pe­nal­iz­ing gas thieves will also be es­tab­lished in Sukkur, Thatta and Quetta. DG (SS&SGTO) added that soon the Com­pany would be launch­ing ame­dia cam­paign to high­light Gas Act and its penal­ties. The cam­paign, he said, was fo­cused only on gas thieves from do­mes­tic, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial sec­tors. He sought APTMA’s sup­port in iden­ti­fy­ing el­e­ments in­volved in gas theft re­lated crimes. The APTMA mem­bers lauded SSGC’s on­go­ing drive against gas theft and hoped that gas saved as a re­sult, will be passed on to the right­ful and le­gal cus­tomers.

KARACHI: Mr. Amin Ra­jput, Act­ing MD, SSGC along with SSGC’s se­nior man­age­ment of­fi­cials vis­ited APTMA House to dis­cuss mattes of mu­tual in­ter­est. Mr. Asif Im­ran, APTMA Chair­man (Sindh-Balochis­tan Re­gion) and other of­fice bear­ers of APTMA were present in large num­bers. Mr. Ra­jput re­it­er­ated that LNG is the fuel for fu­ture and its avail­abil­ity is in­dis­pens­able to bridge the de­mand-sup­ply gap of nat­u­ral gas in Pak­istan.

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