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Sui Southern Gas Company’s 18 inch High Pressure Transmission Gas Pipeline blown in Jafarabad

Karachi: A serious incident of insurgency occurred at 01:30 am on January 04, 2011 between Tuesday–Wednesday night, near village Khudadad Jhakarani in the District Jafarabad (Baluchistan).

As a result of the incident, the 18 inch diameter SSGC’s high pressure gas pipeline was blown up by some unknown miscreants. The incident was caused by an explosive device, resulting 8 to 10 feet deep trough and rupturing nearly 50 feet long pipeline in a tract of wet muddy land. The pipeline was carrying 114 million cubic feet gas daily (mmcfd) from Sui gas field to SSGC’s pipeline system at Shikarpur, for its onward transmission to the entire Baluchistan.

Subsequent to incident, the effected section of pipeline was immediately isolated. At the same time, company’s emergency response team rushed to the site from Shikarpur to inspect the situation, which is awaiting permission by the security agencies, who are engaged in clearance of the said area. Another team was also mobilized from Karachi, early this morning, carrying heavy repair equipments and necessary material.

SSGC is trying its best to manage the smooth and uninterrupted gas supply to the customers of Baluchistan, who are combating highly chilling weather nowadays.

To manage the gas load, that was lost due to pipeline rupture, SSGC has announced a ‘Shut down’ for all the CNG stations in its franchise area of Sindh and Baluchistan for a period of 36 hours. Now all the CNG stations will be closed from 08:00 pm on Wednesday 04 January 2012 till 8:00 am on Friday 06 January 2012.

Due to this shortfall, SSGC management has requested its valued domestic, commercial and industrial customers to voluntarily curtail the use of gas by 20% immediately; otherwise the entire customers can come across low gas pressures. However, SSGC assures the customers, that it will spare no effort to maintain uninterrupted supply of natural gas to its valued domestic, commercial and industrial customers.

For more information, contact:
Inayatullah Ismail
Deputy Chief Manager
Corporate Communication Department (Media Relations)
Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC)
Tel: +9221 9902 1773
Cell: +92322 222 5159
Fax: +9221 9923 1662
Email: inayatullah@ssgc.com.pk

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