ISLAMABAD (APP): Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) have devised an extensive plan to upgrade existing gas transmission network in their respective operational areas.
The companies would spend Rs 71.043 billion on upgradation of transmission and distribution network across the country during the next fiscal year.
"The gas companies have planned to invest Rs 13,896 million on transmission projects, Rs 32,739 million on distribution projects and Rs 24,408 million on other projects bringing the total investment of Rs 71,043 million next year," official sources in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources told APP.
Commenting on the companies' current year performance, they said SNGPL and SSGCL had laid 116 kilometer gas transmission network, 1,848 kilometer distribution, 679 kilometer service lines and connected 203 villages and towns to gas network.
During the period, they said the utility companies had invested Rs 9.959 billion on transmission projects, Rs 8.705 billion on distribution projects and Rs 13.705 billion on other projects bringing total investment to about Rs 31.919 billion.
During the fiscal year 2015-16, they said, the companies issued 254,648 domestic, 202 commercial and 20 industrial connections.
The sources said 48 percent energy-mix needs of the country were being met through natural gas, adding that the country had an extensive gas network of over 11,538 kilometer transmission, 1,14,982 kilometer distribution and 31,058 kilometer services gas pipelines to serve more than 7.9 million consumers.