As the federal government introduced to make sure fuel provide thrice a day amid an anticipated fuel scarcity in Pakistan within the winter season, an image containing a fuel provide schedule, purportedly issued by Sui Southern Fuel Firm Restricted (SSGC), circulated on social media.
Nevertheless, the SSGC on Sunday took discover of the matter and refuted reviews that it has issued a schedule for the supply of fuel, terming the data “pretend information”.
Taking to Twitter, the SSGC clarified that the data being attributed to SSGC is pretend, because it referred to the image circulating on social media.
It stated that the “SSGC has nothing to do with it [the information]”, and if there may be any announcement relating to the curtailment of fuel provide, it might be the Ministry of Power to announce it.
“A put up is being shared on social media itemizing down a ‘Fuel Schedule’ and attributing the data to SSGC. Please word that is pretend information and SSGC has nothing to do with it. If there may be any curtailment announcement, it will likely be from the Ministry of Power (Petroleum Division),” learn the assertion
Within the put up that the SSGC referred to, it was claimed that the fuel firm has introduced a timetable for fuel load shedding, based on which fuel shall be equipped to home shoppers thrice a day throughout these hours:
‘Fuel provide to be ensured at breakfast, lunch, dinner hours’
The “pretend information” on social media follows an announcement on Friday by Federal Minister for Power Hammad Azhar, who stated that fuel provide shall be ensured at breakfast, lunch, dinner hours.
The assertion got here throughout a dialogue in Senate over the anticipated fuel disaster as Azhar shot down rumours concerning the provision of fuel for less than three days every week.
“For the primary time, the federal government is attempting to make sure fuel provide thrice every day,” stated Azhar.
When requested if folks will have the ability to fry an egg throughout the fuel scarcity, Azhar responded positively.
Home, industrial shoppers to face fuel scarcity
Earlier this week, The Information reported that the Pakistan authorities has determined to proceed fuel provide to the facility and fertiliser sectors, whereas home and industrial shoppers will undergo shortages amid a significant fuel shortfall within the nation throughout the winter season.
The choice was made by the Cupboard Committee on Power (CCoE) throughout a gathering on Thursday which was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning and Growth Asad Umar.
The CCOE determined provide of fuel to “devoted” shoppers, together with energy and fertiliser crops, would stay steady, the publication reported.
The facility crops on Sui Northern Fuel Pipeline Restricted provide, which supplies fuel to Punjab and KP, shall be supplied RLNG throughout 2021-22 with extra provide. The deficit of the facility sector shall be recouped via furnace oil. Any fuel saved from captive energy crops shall be diverted in the direction of export-oriented industries.
The full availability of fuel from home sources stands at 3,300 mmcfd, whereas with the import of RLNG, there may be one other 1,000 mmcfd fuel coming into the system, the publication reported, citing official sources. There’s a most fuel provide accessible within the vary of 4,300 mmcfd towards the common demand of 6,500 to 7,000 mmcfd. Within the extreme winter season, this demand goes as much as 8,000 mmcfd.
Why is a fuel disaster anticipated once more this yr?
In line with official sources, Pakistan is predicted to be hit by a significant fuel disaster this yr like yearly for a number of causes.
One of many causes is that native discoveries of fuel have witnessed a dip, so the home fuel reserves are depleting, the sources defined, including that the native fuel provide stood at 4,300 mmcfd a couple of years again however now it has depleted and stands at 3,300 mmcfd.
The import of RLNG additionally confronted snags and Pakistan used so as to add 1,200 mmcfd fuel via RLNG a couple of years in the past, however is now going so as to add simply 1,000 mmcfd of fuel.
“There’s a want to establish why two RLNG terminals couldn’t be arrange. In the event that they have been there, the nation might have imported 1,200 mmcfd extra fuel via RLNG,” the official sources stated.