Do­mes­tic con­sumers be ready to face gas win­ter load shed­ding

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The Min­istry of En­ergy and Pe­tro­leum Divi­sion on Fri­day fi­nal­ized gas load man­age­ment sched­ule for the do­mes­tic con­sumers and in­dus­trial units as win­ter gripped most parts of the coun­try.

"Do­mes­tic con­sumers to face load man­age­ment dur­ing day time while there will be no load shed­ding in morn­ing and at the evening time," said sources privy to the mat­ter.

As per the de­vised sched­uled by the con­cerned min­istry, the in­dus­tries work­ing in the ex­port sec­tor to be pro­vided 300 MMCFD gas, how­ever sup­ply to other in­dus­tries to re­main sus­pended. The gas man­age­ment plan will re­main en­forced for three months (De­cem­ber to March).

The Oil and Gas Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (OGRA) on Oc­to­ber 5 no­ti­fied an in­crease in gas tar­iff up to 143 per­cent.

As per the no­ti­fi­ca­tion, the per-unit price for con­sumers with 200 MMBTU use in a month had been in­creased by 20 per­cent. The tar­iff was raised by 25 per­cent on use of monthly 300 MMBTU gas.

For cus­tomers with con­sump­tion of 400 MMBTU and 500 MMBTU a month, the prices were en­hanced by 30 and 143 per­cent re­spec­tively.

The tar­iff for gas price for CNG sec­tor was in­creased by 40 per­cent, while for the power gen­er­a­tion com­pa­nies, the gas price was hiked by 57 per­cent and for the rest of the in­dus­tries it went up by 40 per­cent.

Ear­lier, Pe­tro­leum Min­is­ter Chaudhry Ghu­lam Sar­war said that the gov­ern­ment had di­vided con­sumers into three cat­e­gories and do­mes­tic con­sumers would not be hit hard by the hike in gas tar­iff. - NNI

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