Islamabad : Terming curtailment of gas by Sui Southern gas Company Limited to K-Electric as violation of the government’s Gas Allocation Policy, the private power firm has said that the gas supply is very low against summer requirement of Karcahiites. According to a notification released by K-Electric (formerly KESC), SSGC has curtailed supply to only 70MMCFD gas to KE, which is very low against KE’s summer requirement. This curtailment of gas that has adversely impacted power generation is in complete violation of the Government’s Gas Allocation Policy under which power sector comes on second highest priority after residential consumers.

Furthermore, pressure of the gas supplied to K-Electric power generation plants is low due to which various gas-fired plants at Korangi, SITE and Bin Qasim are not able to operate at their optimum capacity. Due to the prevalent dismal gas supply situation, KE’s generation capability is severely and adversely impacted. The electricity demand for Karachi is now increasing in view of the changing weather conditions and to meet this high demand KE requires stable and adequate supply of gas.

In a press statement, KE has also expressed concerns that the continuing gas curtailment may lead to increase in loadshedding hours across all consumer segments including industrial zones. KE said that SSGC had been supplying gas to fertilizer sector instead of the government’s clear policy to first fulfill power sector requirements. KE has demanded the government to immediately intervene and increase gas supply.