Islamabad: According to press reports, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) Managing Director (MD) Ali Javaid Hamdani claimed that the company has petitioned the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to boost the connection quota to 1.2 million in order to clear the backlog of applications.

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Over 3.2 million gas connection applications are waiting, showing the country’s ever-increasing need for gas supply. Furthermore, according to reports, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) account for the majority of connection demand, and SNGPL’s annual allotment quota is 500,000 connections per year, compared to 800,000 connection applications received each year.

Several projects for additional gas connections in legislators’ areas were discussed at a recent meeting in Islamabad, according to the source. Officials from SNGPL were told to finish these initiatives as quickly as feasible. The attendees were also briefed about the number of schemes, pending applications, urgent cases, available capacity, quotas, and other information during the meeting.

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The authorities are asking an increase in the quota to meet the demands. Natural gas is referred to as Sui-gas in Pakistan since it was discovered in the Sui region of Balochistan. It is also referred to as white gold because of its importance. To alleviate the current shortage, the SNGPL has chosen to supply LNG connections to newly constructed housing complexes in Lahore at substantially higher rates than natural gas.

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