ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi yesterday said the domestic gas consumers in the Punjab would face about seven-hour load shedding in the upcoming winter season.

“As a result of huge demand/supply gap domestic consumers in Punjab will face gas suspension from 10pm to 5am,” the minister said while talking to newsmen after a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources.

The minister said despite the LNG import the province was likely to face 40 percent gas shortage during the upcoming winter season. However gas supply to industries running on LNG would continue. Load management had already started in the Punjab and some areas were experiencing the gas load shedding, he added. 

When asked how long the load management would stay, the minister said it was for the entire winter season.

During the peak winter months, the gas demand in Punjab would reach 950 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) against supply of 600 MMCFD and the government would have to resort to gas management. “Although the, gas loadshedding complaints from various areas of Punjab were coming, the crisis is not so severe at present. During October, temperature is around 31 degree while in November it will be around 25-27 degree, so the consumers will not face so much gas shortage. The real gas loadshedding along with pressure problem will begin in December and January,” he asserted.

The minister said after 18th Amendment, it was becoming hard to meet the gas demand in the province of Punjab.