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Gas load shedding forces textile units to suspend work
17
Dec '09
Gas load shedding for more than two days a week has forced around 200 units in the north regions to suspend their operations. This distressing situation led to representatives from All Pakistan Textile Manufacturers Association (APTMA) to rush to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources for assistance.

The industry in Lahore-I cluster as well as the industrial units in the region from Islamabad to Multan have been denied gas availability. Industry sources informed that, according to the gas load management program 2009-10, framed in a Cabinet Committee meeting on November 3, gas supply to the industry is to be done for five days in a week.

However, the disruption in gas supplies beyond two days in a week is being resorted to by the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), which is impacting industry's export oriented production, informed sources.

Moreover, the committee also decided to supply additional gas to the SNGPL network from various sources, including diversion of 220 mmcfd of gas from the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) sources. But, this availability of gas to the SNGPL from SSGC sources has not been made available to meet SNGPL's increasing gas scarcity in winter.

The Chairman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Punjab will urge the concerned ministries to restore gas supply to the industry as per Cabinet Committee's decision. The situation can acquire drastic mode if the government failed to act immediately, added the Chairman.

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