ISLAMABAD -The two state companies, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), would provide around 549,821 new connections to domestic, commercial and industrial consumers during the current fiscal year against the backlog of around 2.5 million applications across the country. 

“Currently, around 2.5 million applications for new gas connections are pending across the country, and the backlog is being cleared in sequence,” a senior official privy to petroleum sector developments told APP. According to an official data, the SNGPL would add 405,450 consumers in its network including 400,000 domestic, 5,000 commercial and 450 industrial, while SSGC has the plan to give 144,371 connections including 143,023 domestic, 1,164 commercial and 184 industrial.

During the last year, the companies awarded 430,145 connections of different nature, slightly exceeding against the target of 425,548, out of which SNGPL provided 300,000 domestic connections, 5,000 commercial and 450 industrial, making 100 per cent achievement against the target of 305,450. The SSGC gave 123,900 domestic connections, 700 commercial and 95 industrial, exceeding 3 per cent against the overall target of 120,098. Besides, the two companies had laid 5,005 kilometres (KMs) additional supply and distribution lines in their respective areas to reinforce their transmission network across the country. Out of which, the SNGPL laid 4,155 kilometres and SSGC 850 kilometres. 

For the current fiscal year, the SNGPL has set the target to lay 6,965 kilometres transmission and distribution lines, while SSGC would expand it network by 1,418 kilometres. Pakistan has an extensive network of over 12,971 kilometres transmission, 139,827 kilometres distribution and 37,058 kilometres services gas pipelines to provide the commodity to more than 9.6 million consumers across the country.