Citizens Told to Get Ready for Extended Gas Load-Shedding in Winters

Federal Petroleum Minister Musadik Malik revealed that the country will face a shortage of gas in households this winter at a press conference on Wednesday.

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He said that the government is trying to provide gas to households at meals at least.

He explained that despite the tender, the government had not been able to purchase gas even at $40 per MMBtu (one million UK thermal units). Demand is approximately 95 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), whereas SNGPL can only provide 68 million MMcf/d, whereas the situation is similar to Sui South Gas Company Limited as well.

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Malik also reported that the government will import another 20,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per month over the last year and a comprehensive winter plan is being developed. Plans will be announced shortly, he added.

He added that the country is expected to become self-sufficient in the energy sector over the next 3-4 years. The government is also working to lower electricity and gas prices to provide relief compared to last year.

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