Gas companies to give 412,058 new connections, spend Rs71 bln upgradation projects

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 21 (APP): Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGL) will give 412,058 new gas connections and spend around Rs 71 billion to execute different development projects across the country during the current fiscal year.

“It is expected that gas will be supplied to approximately 412,058 consumers during the FY 2016-17,” a senior official in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources told APP.

Besides, he informed that the gas companies had 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 next year.

Commenting on the companies’ last year performance, the official said SNGPL and SSGCL had 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, he said the utility companies had invested Rs 9,959 million on transmission projects, Rs 8,705 million on distribution projects and Rs 13,705 on other projects bringing total investment to about Rs 31,919 million. While, the companies issued 254,648 domestic, 202 commercial and 20 industrial connections, he added.

The official 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.