PM orders inquiry against MDs of SSGC, SNGPL over gas crisis

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PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday ordered an inquiry against managing directors (MDs) of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) over gas crisis in the country.
The prime minister issued the directives during an emergency meeting on gas situation in the country, which was attended by federal minister for energy Omar Ayub, minister for petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan, finance minister Asad Umar, special assistant to PM Iftikhar Durrani, chairman task force on energy Nadeem Babar, federal secretaries and other officials.
The SSGC announced late Tuesday it was discontinuing gas supply to CNG stations and captive power plants of all general industries for an “indefinite period of time.”
The gas supply company said it was facing acute shortage of gas and low pressure in the system.
The officials told the prime minister that the two companies demonstrated incompetence and withheld information on demand and supply of gas. The meeting was told that neither the SNGPL informed the government about demand of gas in December nor the SSGC informed the government about gas compressors disorder.
The prime minister that the inquiry against top bosses of the two gas supply companies and directed the petroleum minister submit the inquiry report to him within 72 hours.

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