ISLAMABAD: Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) is actively pursuing its target to gasify 137 Villages in Sindh and Balochistan at a cost of Rs 2.246 billion, set for the year 2017-18.
“Under the PM’s Global Sustainable Development Goals Programme, SSGCL is working to lay around 490 kilometers gas pipelines to gasify 119 villages in Sindh and 18 villages in Balochistan by laying 77 kilometer network lines,” official sources told APP.
The company would spend Rs1616.243 million in 119 villages of Sindh and Rs 630.043 in 18 villages of Balochistan for the purpose, they said adding that detailed engineering surveys were carried out in some localities while in some villages it had requested for approval of additional funds.
“All these projects are being executed on recommendations of parliamentarians and notables of the areas for provision of gas,” the sources said.
Replying to a question, they said the two state companies, SNGPL and SSGCL, had laid around 6,129 kilometers transmission network in their operational areas during the last fiscal year.
“The companies laid 814 kilometers gas transmission network, 4,153 kilometers distribution and 1,162 kilometers service lines and connected 104 villages and town to gas network,” they added.
The sources said the gas companies have provided 360,465 domestic, 339 commercial and 20 industrial connections across the country during the last year.
Besides, the companies invested Rs17,925 million on transmission projects, Rs11,183 million on distribution projects and Rs14,925 million on other projects bringing total investment to about Rs44,033 million.
Replying to a question, the sources said Pakistan has an extensive gas network of over 12,202 km transmission 119,736 km distribution and 32,823 services gas pipelines to cater the requirement of more than 8.4 million consumers across the country by supplying about 4 billion cubic feet per day natural gas.
To another question, they said the companies would set up over 60 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)-air mix plants in selected areas where natural gas supply does not exist