SNGPL assures APTMA of uninterrupted gas supply

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04th Aug, 2021. 11:39 am

LAHORE: The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has assured the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) of taking immediate measures to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to the export-oriented industry, a statement said.

The gas utility also said that it would take strict action against delinquent officials for resorting to disconnection of gas connections or issuing frivolous notices to the mills on different lame excuses.

Talking to a delegation of Aptma, led by its central chairman Adil Bashir, SNGPL managing director Syed Ali Javaid Hamdani also took notice of the intentional delay in the implementation of the court orders by some regional offices of the gas utility and assured of immediate restoration of gas supply connection in compliance with the court orders.

Hamdani directed his staff to look into the reasons behind the issuance of notices to the Aptma member mills, despite consuming less than the sanctioned load.

The SNGPL would develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) to expeditiously settle complaints of the Aptma members, he said, adding that the gas utility would associate the private sector in resolution of their energy-related issues.

In this regard, he announced formation of a resolution committee, consisting of Wajiha Anwar, general manager from SNGPL and Raza Baqir from Aptma to examine and settle all the matters amicably.

APTMA central chairman Adil Bashir urged the SNGPL official to ensure an uninterrupted gas supply to the export industry to enable it to create additional jobs, attract new investment, and enhance the exports of the country.

He also took up the issue of extension of load applications filed by the industry to the gas utility and stressed on adopting expeditious measures for processing all pending applications, as well as the applications for change of gas connections from industrial to captive.

Bashir said that enforcing the condition of National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency (NEECA) audit for processing load extension applications was unwarranted, especially when NEECA audit had already been stayed by the honourable high court.

The SNGPL managing director assured to look into the matter and find an amicable solution of the problem.

Aptma North Region chairman Abdul Rahim Nasir appreciated the positive response of the SNGPL management and lauded the services and efforts being made by its managing director for reforming the organisation into a business-friendly entity.

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