Monday, September 19, 2011
KARACHI: Given the pretext of shortage of natural gas, Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has announced to observe 10-hour long power outages in Karachi from today.
Meanwhile, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has dismissed KESC’s excuse of suspension of gas supply from the former.
KESC’s spokesperson Ghafran Ata, said SSGC has forcefully shut down valves of the main pipeline used for gas supply to KESC, adding that the former is posing threats to cut complete gas supply to KESC.
However, SSGC spokesman Inayat Ismail, rebuffing the allegations, has said that KESC has commenced a vicious campaign aiming at tarnishing SSGC’s market reputation.
Being wary of complete blackout in Karachi in case of persistence of the issue, KESC’s representative said the company always becomes the prime target whenever there is decline in gas pressure.
Inayat Ismail of SSGC said despite the fact that KESC has to pay off outstanding dues worth 28 billion rupees even then his company is providing KESC gas on regular basis.
Ghafran Ata of KESC said that Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered SSGC to provide KESC with 276 million cusec feet natural gas a day but the order has yet to be obeyed.
SSGC said that the entire energy sector is reeling financial crisis therefore if there is low gas supply for SSGC, so it will result the same for other companies.