KARACHI - Work on Kunnar Pasakhi gas pipeline is progressing around the clock and the project will be completed by the end of December 2011.
According to official sources in Sui Southern Gas Company, built at a total cost of Rs1,491 million, the 24” dia, 35-km long Kunnar Pasakhi pipeline will transmit 100 mmcfd gas to SSGC system in the first phase. The project started in June 2009 and got a major boost on the intervention of Dr Asim Hussain, federal minister for petroleum and natural resources, who took personal interest in expediting the project for bridging the mounting gap in demand and supply of natural gas. Had it not been for the minister’s support, the project would have been completed by June 2012.
The OGDC-operated Kunnar Pasakhi gas field is located in Tando Jam, some 30 kms from Hyderabad city.
Currently SSGC is receiving 1,100 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) gas against the demand of 1,400 mmcfd. Besides 100 mmcfd gas from Kunnar Pasakhi, another 30 mmcfd would soon arrive from Sinjhoro gas field, followed by 15 mmcfd from Haseeb field, 20 mmcfd from Rehman field and 15 mmcfd each from Meher and Jhal Magsi fields. Commissioning of these crucial projects would further improve gas supply situation for SSGC and facilitate the company in grappling with increased gas loads in winters.