Shut down of Compressed Natural Gas stations in Karachi, Sindh regions for one additional day due to emergency
Karachi, May 22, 2014 (PPI-OT): SSGC faced two continuous line ruptures on its main transmission pipelines during the current week. Both ruptures tremendously affected the gas supply and line pack in SSGC’s network. The first sabotage activity took place at SSGC’s 16 inch dia main high pressure transmission gas pipeline near Hyderabad on May 20, 2014 at 09:50 pm. The second sabotage activity occurred on SSGC’s 18 inch dia main high pressure transmission pipeline in Pat feeder canal area on May 21, 2014 at 03:50 am early morning.
Following these incidents, the effected sections of pipelines were immediately isolated. Company’s emergency response teams were moved to take necessary measures. After the security clearance, SSGC’s technical crew, which was well equipped with heavy repair equipments and necessary material, started the repair work immediately. The repair work on both the pipelines has already been completed.
Subsequently, the availability of gas decreased significantly resulting in depletion of gas pressure in the system. In order to manage the situation, SSGC’s management has decided to observe additional day of CNG shut down in Karachi and Interior Sindh regions during the current week. This step would help in restoring the line pack in the system and would ensure the uninterrupted supply of gas to its customers in the franchise area.
In compliance with the sectoral priority order for gas load management, during current week, all CNG Stations in Karachi region would remain closed from 08:00 am on Saturday May 24, 2014 till 08:00 am on Sunday May 25, 2014 for 24 hours as an additional one day shut down.
As a change in earlier published schedule for interior Sindh the CNG stations will now remain closed on Friday May 23, 2014 from 8:00 am till Saturday May 24, 2014 instead of Saturday May 24, 2014. The additional shut down in interior Sindh region will be observed on Sunday May 25, 2014 from 8:00 am for another 24 hours.
Furthermore, all the industrial and captive power units in the entire Sindh region will observe gas shut down as per usual schedule, which will start from 07:00 am on Sunday May 25, 2014 and will end at 07:00 am on Monday May 26, 2014.
The surveillance teams will be monitoring compliance, have been fully authorized to disconnect gas supply for 48 hours of any customer found violating the above schedule. SSGC regrets the inconvenience which may be caused to CNG users and industrialists during the above notified shut down period.
For more information, contact:
Chief Manager (Media Relations)
Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC)
Corporate Communication Department (Media Relations)
Tel: +9221 9902 1773
Cell: +92322 222 5159
Fax: +9221 9923 1662