Islamabad: The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has arranged 12 LNG cargoes for January 2021. One cargo that was scheduled for December 30, and was intended to supply for January 2021, has now been scheduled for January. Additionally, the volume has been increased for certain cargoes.
The spokesperson for Ministry of Petroleum, in a statement, said that with these robust steps, the load management plan approved by the Cabinet for this winter remains undisturbed, whereby curtailment will be done primarily for CNG and captive power units, as needed.
Moreover, the city loads have increased by more than 9% in Sui Northen Gas Pipeline (SNGPL) in the last week alone, on account of a severe cold wave resulting in pressure drops. Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) faces similar drops in Karachi and Quetta. For example, with each 1°C drop in temperature, the demand increases by 6 MMcfd in Islamabad-Rawalpindi, alone. Therefore, the public is requested to use gas responsibly, and report any domestic consumers using illegal compressors, which is another major reason for pressure drops.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan will be moving 30% more LNG molecules in the upcoming January compared to January 2018, at the cheapest ever price of $6.34 for a peak winter month.