Rs74b being spent to reinforce gas transmission network



The two state companies, SNGPL and SSGCL, under a strategy to reinforce and expand their transmission network would lay additional 13,599 kilometers (KM) during the current fiscal year.
The capacity of Sui Northern Gas Company Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) would be enhanced by laying additional 12,100 KM and 1,499 KM pipelines in their areas respectively by June 2020, official sources told APP.
The two utility companies would invest Rs 7,161 million on transmission projects, Rs 48,288 million on distribution projects and Rs 18,556 million on other schemes bringing the total investment of around Rs 74 billion.
While, the companies were expecting that they would provide gas supply to approximately 430,695 new consumers during the fiscal year 2019-20, they said.
Answering a question, the sources said, the companies had laid 69 KM transmission, 3,232 KM distribution and 1,366 KM service lines and connected 165 villages and towns with their network during July 2018 to February 2019.
During eight months of the last fiscal year, the two utility companies provided 428,305 additional gas connections including 425,404 domestic, 2,770 commercial and 131 industrial across the country.
To another question, they said, the companies had laid 328 KM gas transmission network, 8,861 KM distribution and 1,216 KM service lines and connected 231 villages and towns to the gas network during the year 2017-18.
Pakistan has an extensive gas network of over 12,971 KM transmission 139,827 KM distribution and 37,058 services gas pipelines to cater the requirement of more than 9.6 million consumers across the country.—APP

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