ISLAMABAD - While giving approval to new Gas Load Management Plan, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources Wednesday in larger public interest decided to open Compressed Natural Gas Stations from 4th to 11th November because of Eidul Azha. Secretary Ministry of Petroleum Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry, while talking to the media persons after the meeting held in the chair of Federal Minister Dr Asim Hussain to settle the much-debated gas load plan here, said that a gas load management plan had been decided with the consultation of stakeholders for the month of November. He said gas supply to CNG sector would remain stopped for three days while out of four, two fertilizer plants would remain closed in the current month of November. However, three days gas loadshedding for industrial sector had been decided while for power sector only two Independent Power Plants (IPPs) will get gas supply. He also announced that another gas load management plan for the month of December will be decided later and for final nod a summary will be sent to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet for final nod. According to Ministry of Petroleum, Dr Asim has said that natural gas would be provided to all stakeholders on equitable basis and relief on priority will be provided to domestic consumers during winter. He said this while presiding a meeting Wednesday that was convened in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to discuss Natural Gas Load Management Programme and to evolve a consensus on gas distribution during winter season (2011-12). During the course of meeting, APTMA agreed to the three days a week gas load management schedule in view of the current gas shortage scenario. It was also decided that gas load management schedule for CNG sector would be relaxed and supply of gas would be available for CNG stations on Friday & Saturday to facilitate the general public in view of Eidul Azha. Representatives of CNG association agreed to conduct meetings with SNGPL in order to examine the situation of supply of natural gas thereafter. After a marathon session ending at 2200 hours, a consensus was evolved by all stakeholders during the meeting. It was decided to restart supply of natural gas to the important fertilizer sector given the shortage in the market and rising prices of fertilizer. 100 mmcf Gas would be made available for fertilizer sector and two out of four fertilizer plants at a time would be operational during winters. It was also agreed in principle that supply of gas to Engro Fertilizers Company Limited would be shifted from SNGPL network to SSGC network. It was agreed upon that 75 mmcf Gas supply would continue to be provided to the power sector. Before concluding, the decision was taken that during the winter season stakeholder meetings shall be held on monthly basis to apportion gas to the various sectors according to availability. It is worth mentioning that reportedly an official study on economic value of natural gas has said the contribution of natural gas, in terms of GDP output, is highest in the power sector. This, coupled with the high cost of the alternative fuel, implies that the power sector should be given higher priority for gas supply. Within the power sector, the economic value of natural gas is higher when it is used to replace high speed diesel (HSD) in comparison to furnace oil.