KARACHI - Sui Southern Gas Company Managing Director Zuhair Siddiqui has said that import of LNG is company’s top priority. He highlighted different hurdles and issues being faced by the company’s management in this regard.

He was giving the presentation to the Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who visited SSGC head office for the first time after assuming the charge of the ministry. He was also accompanied by the Minister for State Jam Kamal Khan and Federal Secretary, MP&NR Abid Saeed.

Federal Minister gave suggestions and instructions to SSGC management for addressing these issues.

Focusing on other important developmental projects, MD SSGC informed that in Balochistan, Zarghoon Gas Pipeline Project will be completed during September 2013 and the cost incurred would be Rs 1.458 billion.

After completion of the said project around 25 mmcfd gas will be added in SSGC’s system that will be provided to Quetta city. The project consists of around 64 km long pipeline network.

The MD elaborated on other gas supply projects, which were completed during recent past or under completion.  He said that Jhal Magsi, Sinjhoro, Kunnar Pasakhi, Mehar, Rehman and Nar Baghla gas supply projects were completed against a cost of Rs. 3.432 billion, comprising of 291 km long pipelines that added around 235 mmcfd gas in SSGC’s system.

Managing Director informed the guests that during the last 5 years, company has succeeded, for the first time, to bring down its UFG by 2 percent. The Managing Director also explained the progress on SSGC’s Natural Gas Efficiency Project (NGEP).

The Federal Minister was also informed by the Managing Director about the huge receivables of Rs. 50.53 billion from KESC and Rs. 16.32 billion from Pakistan Steel Mills which are due since long. MD said that KESC is not acknowledging the late payment surcharge.

Later, the Minister and Secretary visited different departments that included 1199 Contact Center, IT’s Geographical Information System (GIS) and Data Storage Centre and expressed their satisfaction over the smooth management.