ISLAMABAD - Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) on Thursday directed gas companies to implement latest measuring technologies to address gas theft.
According to officials certain discrepancies were noticed during the recent visit to Metering Workshop of both Sui Northern Gas Pipeline (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC). During separate visits to the SSGC workshop in Karachi and that of SNGPL at Lahore, the Authority also underlined a lot of room for improvement.
As a step to eliminate power theft, the regulatory authority directed SNGPL to introduce cyber locking as practiced by SSGC. OGRA also directed companies to strictly adhere to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) while dealing with suspected meters. “Cyber locking system at the Consumer Meter Station (CMS) is being practiced by the SSGCL, this system facilitates the Company to monitor any unlawful/unauthorised access to the CMS,” OGRA official said adding, a letter in this regard has been sent to SNGPL, official said. In this letter the two gas companies has also been directed to ensure complainant’s presence with solid evidence at the time of testing of a suspect meter. OGRA also bounded companies to test suspect meters in presence of complainant. According to letter, testing in absence of the complainant would be considered as violation of the OGRA Procedure.