ISLAMABAD, Nov 5 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 05th Nov, 2016 ) : Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGL) are improving their transmission network to maintain gas pressure especially for tail-enders in the winter season. "The gas companies will spend around Rs 71 bln on upgradation of transmission network to meet future needs of the country and redress consumers' complaints regarding low gas pressure," official sources told APP.
They informed that the reinforcement of transmission system was must, keeping in view the injection of additional volume of Regassified Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) into the transmission system, ongoing Liquefied Petroleum Gas-air mix projects, planned Iran-Pakistan and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline projects. The sources said the gas companies have planned to invest Rs 13,896 million on transmission projects, Rs 32,739 million on distribution projects and Rs 24,408 million on other projects bringing the total investment of Rs 71,043 million during the current fiscal year.
Commenting on the companies' last year performance, they said "SNGPL and SSGCL laid 116-kilometer gas transmission network, 1,848-kilometer distribution, 679 kilometer service lines and connected 203 villages and towns to gas network." During the period, they said the utility companies had invested Rs 9.959 billion on transmission projects, Rs 8.705 billion on distribution projects and Rs 13.705 billion on other projects bringing total investment to about Rs 31.
919 billion. Besides, they said, the companies issued 254,648 domestic, 202 commercial and 20 industrial connections. The sources said 48 percent energy-mix needs of the country were being met through natural gas, adding that the country had an extensive gas network of over 11,538 kilometer transmission, 1,14,982 kilometer distribution and 31,058 kilometer services gas pipelines to serve more than 7.9 million consumers.