SSGC-KE dispute stands resolved: PM

KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said the dispute between two utilities K-Electric (KE) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has been resolved as the SSGC has been issued directives to ensure required gas supply for power generation.

“SSGC will provide 190 MMCFD gas to K-Electric for power generation and even more if needed,” PM Abbasi said, addressing a press conference at the Governor House, here on Monday. He said Karachi city would have electricity as well as water that is supplied using electricity. He said his Adviser on Finance Miftah Ismail was assigned to determine within 15 days vis-à-vis details of outstanding dues.

“The KE has given a written statement that all its furnace oil plants are working to full capacity, suggesting that additional load-shedding being faced by the city is due to reduced gas supply,” he said. However, he made it clear that areas where power theft is rampant, electricity supply cannot be guaranteed. He said enough electricity is available in the system but the issue of theft has to be addressed.

Published in Business Recorder, 24th April, 2018