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Two-zone policy for textile to be followed from next month
Feb '12
Managing Director (MD) Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) Arif Hameed has said that two zones policy for textile industry will be followed for gas distribution from 1st of March.

He was addressing the Executive Committee Members of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) on Tuesday. Senior SNGPL management was also accompanying him on the occasion. Acting Chairman APTMA Seth Akber, Chairman APTMA Punjab Ahsan Bashir and Group Leader APTMA Gohar Ejaz welcomed the SNGPL top management at the APTMA.

MD SNGPL said increase in gas supply to textile industry during the month of February was subject to availability of gas. However, the SNGPL would revert to original two zones policy, against four zones policy at present, for gas distribution to textile industry in Punjab, he added.

He said negotiations with Qatar are underway for import of gas to meet the shortage. On import of gas from Iran, he said, positive developments are taking place on this front as well.

He appreciated the APTMA leadership for never asking for individual benefit during discussion with the SNGPL on gas availability for industry and expressed his gratitude for supporting the SNGPL and understanding its compulsions during the worst gas load shedding from December 25 throughout the month of January.

He said the SNGPL started supplying twice a week gas supply to textile industry on rotational basis soon after the government permitted to supply gas to industrial sectors. He said gas shortage in Punjab was mainly due to low temperatures in winter and expressed the hope that mercury would remain stable despite rain forecast ahead.

He assured the APTMA members of equitable distribution of gas and told the house that the SNGPL was supply 30% of available gas each to processing and furnace industry, 20% to ghee industry and 10% for gas industry.

According to him, chances of discovery of another 180MMCFD gas from Kunar Poshaki gas field are very much likely and the SNGPL would get 90MMCFD out of it. He said possibility of another 120MMCFD from Northern sources is very much there that would be carried down up to Faisalabad through laying down 100KM pipeline.

MD SNGPL said Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) was solution to the Punjab industry gas problems. Discussions are underway for construction of three terminals to meet the purpose and the SNGPL was part of all these discussions, he added.

He said the UFG has come down to 11.07% but still the trend for gas theft is on the rise. He expressed the hope that the SNGPL would live up to the hope of textile industry from now onwards.

Speaking on the occasion, the APTMA leadership appreciated the efforts made by the MD SNGPL in ensuring supplies to Captive Power Plants (CPPs) of textile industry. The APTMA leadership also listed down the issues confronting textile industry growth and urged the MD SNGPL to resolve them at the earliest and ensure exports and jobs for the country.

Members of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA)

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