OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has announced restoration of partial gas supply to Punjab industry from Saturday and fully from Monday while extending gas holidays for CNG sector from two and half days to three days in a week. SNGPL MD Arif Hameed made this announcement during a press conference at Head Office here on Saturday. The reason behind the upbeat movement for industry, according to the SNGPLs Chief, was the efforts of Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Dr Asim Hussain as he advised the OGDCL to reduce duration of Annual Turn Around (ATA) period of Qadirpur gas field, he added. The ATA of Qadirpur field was scheduled on August 29 to September 16 for 20 days, which result shortfall of 400 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD). Due to minister efforts, the OGDCL (the owner of Qadirpur field) agreed to reduce ATA from 20 days to eight days, MD said, adding after five days (Saturday) gas started flowing with present rate of 133MMCFD from the field. He said hopefully, by Monday, after seven days, we expect total 400MMCFD to be restored in the system. As a result, SNGPL decided to restore gas to Lahore Industrial Zone 1, comprising of Lahore, Sahiwal and Sheikhupura from Saturday evening at 6.00 pm. He said that Zone 1 consumed 200MMCFD, the 60 per cent of the industrial sector load. The gas to Industrial Zone II, he added, would be restored on Monday morning at 6.00 am. The Zone II comprised of industry located in the regions of Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Islamabad and Gujranwala. MD further said that SNGPL had provided gas to two Independent Power Plants (IPPs) and two fertilizer plants and then subsequently to three fertilizer plants between the period of August 29 to September 2. Due to the supply, people had faced minimum loadshedding during Eid holidays, he added. To a question, Arif Hameed said that CNG sector would follow three days gas holidays after Eid vacations, from Monday to upward. However, he added that company would try to provide all possible relief to CNG sector as well. He added that CNG sector consumed 7 per cent of the total gas in the system while industry and the domestic sector consumed 60 percent and 20 percent of the total gas available in the network respectively. The usage of gas to domestic sector, he informed, went up to 55 percent to 60 percent during winter season. He predicted that SNGPL would face 900MMCFD shortfall during last week of December 2011 and full month of January 2012. While replying another question he said that a full-fledge campaign against gas theft and defaulters would be started in next week. He told the media that SNGPL officers have now been authorised to present case of gas defaulters and people involved in the gas theft before the judicial magistrate without the help of police. He admitted the problem of low pressure in domestic sector during winter season which, according to him, was due to the old dated gas pipelines at tail end. He said that company would replace gas pipes with the passage of time. He said the efforts were also on the way for the import of LNG and for adding more gas in the system from Latif-Sawan and from Kunhar-Kashaki fields. This is worth mentioning here that restoration of gas to industry has been made on temporary basis due to temporary decline in demand and supply gap, the countrys economy would be benefited with Rs 30 billion due to this move.