Islamabad, April 23, 2014 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that electricity load-shedding should be kept to minimum duration as much as possible so that consumers do not face inconvenience. He said this while chairing a high level meeting here at PM House today.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, Secretary Water and Power, Secretary Petroleum and senior government officers.
Prime Minister was briefed regarding the overall electricity and gas network and distribution system in the country. Prime Minister directed that strict legal action should be taken against those involved in gas and electricity theft. PM further said that leakage from the system is unacceptable and measures on war-footing should be taken.
Prime Minister said that this government has made available legal measures more stringent against electricity and gas theft. During the briefing on electricity theft, PM was apprised that smart meters at 11 KV grids have been installed.
PM directed that electricity dues should be recovered on priority and a report in this regard be presented in a week time. PM further directed that action should be taken against heads of distribution companies that are not performing. PM was apprised regarding load-shedding schedule planned for the next 4 months.
Prime Minister was apprised that Pakistan has a total gas network of 146,628 Km with 7,005,417 consumers. Out of the the 2,715 mmcfd in the year 2012-13, 764 mmcfd is supplied to domestic consumers, 112 mmcfd to commercial, 320 mmcfd to power sector, 89 mmcfd to fertilizer, 463 mmcfd to industry / captive sector, 274 mmcfd to CNG and 375 mmcfd is Un-Accounted.
In addition 1,021 mmcfd is for dedicated power and fertilizer plants. PM was further apprised that Un-accounted for gas (UFG) is calculated as the difference between total volumes purchased and sold to consumers by gas utility companies during a financial year.
It was informed that 30-40% of the total UFG is from leakages and same percentage from theft and 20-25 % is due to meter errors. In the year 2012-13, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) network has UFG of 210 mmcfd (12%) whereas Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd. (SSGC) has 115 mmcfd (10%) of UFG in its network.
Prime Minister was further apprised that various short term measures such as theft control, pressure profiling, leak rectification and replacement of defective meters have been taken to control UFG. In addition medium and long term measures including segmentation of distribution network, pipeline rehabilitation, improvement of measurement accuracy and cathodic protection of steel network are being adopted.
It was further informed that further measures have also been taken including installation of Cyber door locks on meters of industrial and CNG consumers, bulk and CNG customers connected through dedicated metered lines for monitoring, installation of bulk meters in no-go areas to quantify gas theft by non-customers, bulk and CNG customers connected through dedicated metered lines for monitoring. Discussions were also held on Gas (Theft Control and Recovery) Ordinance which is used as law against gas theft.
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