ISLAMABAD (APP) - Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) is making efforts to improve efficiency of its system, said Managing Director Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), Rasheed Ahmed Lone. Talking to a private news channel he said, best quality gas meters and regulators are being imported and installed so that leakage and theft problem could be controlled, adding, We have also imported equipment which will help detect gas leakage of underground pipelines. The measures will help improve efficiency of our system. MD SNGPL said various other steps were also being taken to meet demand and supply gap of Sui gas. We are confronting demand and supply gap which further aggravates the situation particularly in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in winter as Sui gas demand increases manifold as compared to summer. Though, there remains a gap in demand and supply in summer too but the situation remains under control. The load of domestic sector increases three times in winter as compared to summer which creates a gap. We have to manage the gap through gas load management, he said. Domestic consumers are given priority under the special directives of federal government. To meet the domestic sectors increased demand, load management plan is prepared under compulsion, he said. There is an agreement particularly with industrial sector that they will be supplied gas on nine months basis and they should have alternative arrangements for remaining three months, he informed. He further said, there was a rapid and unprecedented expansion in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) sector during the last three to four years due to which load has further gone up. CNG sector is requested to cooperate as in present circumstances, demand and supply gap cannot be fulfilled without load management. At present, except Balochistan, there is a ban to install new CNG stations in all the provinces, he said. If industrial sector is provided relief and domestic consumers are brought under load management then there will be more broad based burden and its impact will be on those who are not using CNG vehicles, he replied to a question. Worldwide losses are nearly six percent. In Pakistan losses are 8.2 percent but one should keep in mind that our environment is different from other countries. There is gas leakage and theft problem in Pakistan on which constant work is being carried out so that situation could be brought under control, he added.