KARACHI - All the CNG stations will close their operation completely for three days and no gas sale would be allowed to vehicles in whole Sindh region during this shut down period. The industrial sector would observe only one day shut down as usual.

SSGC has announced the schedule for Industrial shut down and CNG closure for coming week. In compliance with sectoral priority order for gas load management, during the coming week, all CNG Stations in Sindh region would remain closed for three (03) days.  According to the schedule, all CNG stations in Sindh will remain closed from 08:00 am on Tuesday 30 July 2013, till 08:00 am on Wednesday, 31 July, 2013 for 24 hours. Another shut down will be observed on Thursday 01 August, 2013 from 08:00 am to Friday 02 August, 2013 till 08:00 am for 24 hours. The 3rd shut down will be started from 8.00 a.m. on Saturday, 03 August, 2013 and will end on Sunday, 04 August, 2013, till 8.00 a.m. for 24 hours.

CNG stations found operative during this period will have their gas supply disconnected. SSGC authorities have also advised the owners of the CNG Stations not to fill CNG in such vehicles, where safety of installation of CNG cylinders / piping is not ensured.

Meanwhile, Sui Southern Gas Company’s Surveillance and Monitoring (S&M) Department has launched a major crack down operation against ice factories located in Larkana and Bakrani cities.

S&M has been backed up in this effort by the Company’s Sukkur Office, Distribution and Security Departments.  The teams have been able to disconnect gas supply which was helping the factories in running their operations at optimum pressure around the clock. The factories were using gas directly by installing clamps on distribution lines. During the raid, the teams disconnected direct connections, removed illegal clamps and killed service lines. Rangers and other LEA’s were also lined up for the operation.

Although some of the factories were registered industrial customers with installed meters, still they were using gas directly through clamps. 

SSGC officials found out that there are around 120 ice factories in these areas, some operating as registered customers while others consuming gas as unregistered users. The Company’s S&M Department has planned action against such unregistered customers.