Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gas shortage may worsen in winter, committee told

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior was informed on Tuesday that the shortage of gas might worsen in winter because there was no possibility of additional gas coming into the system over the next two years.

Senior officials of the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) told the committee that load management was being carried out only in Punjab.

The meeting presided over by Senator Talha Mehmood called for an inquiry into allegations that a senior SNGPL official owns a number of CNG stations and provides gas connections to housing societies in exchange of plots.

The committee directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to complete inquiries against the SNGPL and PIA as soon as possible.