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After SNGPL, SSGC also seeks hike in gas tariff

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The logo Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC)
The logo Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC)

KARACHI: The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has also submitted a petition to the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) seeking a hike in the gas tariff, as per a report published in The News Saturday.

The report says that the state-owned gas company has requested the regulator to hike the price of gas by Rs58.42 per Million British Thermal Units (mmBtu) for the fiscal year 2022.

The Sui Northern Gas Pipeline (SNGPL) Company had already submitted a review petition for up to a 157.5% increase (Rs907.75 per MMBTU) in the average prescribed gas tariff for FY 2021-22.

According to The News, SSGC wants the gas tariff to increase as it is currently facing a revenue shortfall. The company is pushing for the gas tariff to be hiked by Rs58.42 per mmBtu for the next fiscal year.

OGRA, on the other hand, will hold a public hearing on the petition in Karachi on December 06, 2021, a public notice issued by the regulatory body stated.

The current average price of SSGC is around Rs779.88 per mmBtu whereas the current average prescribed price is Rs838.30 per mmBtu. The company has also demanded an estimated RLNG cost of service at Rs 30.48 per mmBtu for 2021-22.

In its petition to OGRA, the state-owned SSGC reported a revenue shortfall of Rs5,789 million or Rs18.16 per mmBtu for natural gas consumers and Rs18,680 million or Rs40.43 per mmBtu for RLNG consumers. The Motion for review (MFR) petition had been filed with OGRA on September 15, 2021.

Shortfall claimed in MFR and in line with the changes in the cost of gas, a shortfall of Rs18399 million or Rs58.42 per mmBtu for natural gas consumers and Rs30,817 million or Rs60.46 per mmBtu shortfall for RLNG consumers has been worked out in the review of estimated revenue requirements for FY21-22.

SSGC requested OGRA to approve an increase in the average prescribed price of SSGC effective from July 01, 2021 to compensate for the increase in the cost of gas on an immediate basis.

In the petition, SSGC stated that cost of gas estimates have been revised considering average crude oil and HSFO C&F prices of $67.51 per barrel and $393.95 per metric ton respectively.

The exchange rate parity has been taken at an average of Rs172 per dollar the year, considering the US currency would touch Rs180 by June 2022.