HYDERABAD - Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) Syed Hassan Nawab has said that annual 10 per cent increase in gas consumption was the cause of gas loadshedding. Speaking at a reception hosted by Sindh CNG Association at a local hotel here, the SSGC DMD said that Sindh was exempted from the loadshedding under Article 158 of the Constitution and a Sindh High Court order in that regard. Nawab said the gas requirement for Engros new fertilizer plant in Sindh would be met by providing 50 percent supplies from SSGC, from the share of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) and the remaining 50 percent by Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL). This is being done to ensure fertilizer production for Rabi (winter) sowing, he told. According to Nawab, the gas to the fertilizer plant was to be provided by Qadirpur Gas Field, however, it developed some faults causing disruption of the supply. He informed that a new gas field has been discovered in Balochistan with the deposits of 10 trillion cubic feet gas. After completion of the project the gas supply issue will ease, he assured. Chairman Sindh CNG Association Zulfiqar Ahmed Yousufani informed that 360 CNG stations were operational in Sindh, supplying fuel to 3.5 million vehicles. Levying income tax and increase in gas loadshedding will make this cheap fuel expensive for the common people a majority of whom can hardly afford the exorbitant petrol or diesel as the fuel for their vehicles, he underscored. He said that Sindh was using only 33 percent of gas it produces. President Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) Seth Goharullah said the business community would extend all possible help to solve the problems being faced by the CNG dealers. The reception was attended by Chairman CNG Dealers Association Pakistan Abdul Sami Khan, Chairman CNG Station Owners Association Malik Khuda Bux, SSP Hyderabad Syed Asad Raza Shah, Senior Vice President HCCI Turab Ali Khawaja and other business community representatives.