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PakistanTimesNews The system line pack of the country has significantly increased to 5.070 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) once again, placing a heavy burden on the nation's gas transmission infrastructure.

This is mostly due to the fact that liquefied natural gas (RLNG), which is employed in the industrial and electrical sectors, is used under less controlled settings. Even after summer officially arrives, sui gas providers continue to feed the residential sector with the expensive RLNG in an effort to lower the line pack pressure.

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The news was revealed by senior officials in the energy ministry that this will lead to additional price rises for gas sold domestically. "If the gas volume increases beyond this limit, the gas transmission system can burst at any time, exposing the nation to a gas and electricity crisis," said the officials. "The maximum gas volume in the pipeline is 4,500 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd)."

Over the period of the Eid break, the line pack continued to rise above the dead level, peaking at 5.003 bcfd during the last week of March 2024. The domestic sector is receiving a daily injection of 50–100 mmcfd of RLNG in order to benefit from the lowering line pack pressure. There used to be a 150–250 mmcfd diversion to the residential sector.

"Yes, when line pack pressures get above five bcfd, the system does become pretty sensitive. The authorities went on to say that even though domestic gas demand has drastically decreased in Punjab and Sindh as summer approaches and gas is not needed for heating in the aforementioned two federating units, Sui Company finds it easier to redirect RLNG to the domestic sector.

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As a result, domestic consumers must pay a high premium in order to cover the expense of the RLNG diversion. The government has already raised gas prices by up to 193% in order to meet its income target of Rs902 billion in 2023–2024, even though it only needed to generate Rs701 billion in revenue for the current fiscal year. This implies that the customers will cover the estimated Rs232 billion in LNG diversion costs.

Sui Northern's continuous diversion of RLNG to relieve pressure in line packs has been met with resistance from petroleum division authorities; yet, Sui Company persists in diverting RLNG to the domestic sector. For many well-off domestic consumers, gas costs Rs4,200 Mmcfd—more than even RLNG, which has a price tag of Rs3,700.

The government also limits the gas flow from five nearby gas sources to 150 mmcfd. In an attempt to protect the gas transmission system, reducing local gas flow could be problematic since virtually empty wells may be pushed to do so, sink, and never fill to their prior natural gas flow level. It will cost a lot of money to use artificial lift techniques in order for these wells to begin producing water. Because of this, it is very dangerous to continue producing local gas at the current rate when local gas fields start to produce less gas.