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APTMA concerned over unprecedented gas and electricity curtailments.

LAHORE, September 28, 2011 (Frontier Star): The spokesman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has expressed deep concerns over textile industry being subjected to severe electricity and gas shortage situation. The SNGPL is also unilaterally curtailing gas supply for three days a week against a clear direction from the federal Petroleum Minister for twice a week gas curtailment for textile industry. Furthermore, he said the Pepco has also started electricity shut downs for long hours, ranging between 8 to 10 hours a day, resulting into workforce layoff, production and export losses. The APTMA spokesman added that the textile industry is constrained to run 30 - 40% below capacity due to energy shortage, restricting its potential to grow fast and earn foreign exchange for the national exchequer. The textile industry cannot afford closure of units for a single day, as it operates 24/7. There is no standby arrangement and it is not viable to operate on alternative fuels other than gas and electricity. The SNGPL has also started disconnecting gas supply for three days a week against an earlier arrangement of two days a week. The spokesman said the National Transmission and Distribution Company was disconnecting electricity supply to textile units intermittently causing machinery damages besides disturbance in shifts of textile workforce. He said despite an encouragement extended to textile industry by the President of Pakistan and Federal Petroleum Minister, the SNGPL is continuing with three days a week gas supply curtailment since September 17. He said the central Chairman Gohar Ejaz is set to take up the issue with the federal Petroleum Minister on Wednesday (today) for immediate reverting to the agreed load management plan. The spokesman said the government should exempt the industry on independent feeders from electricity load shedding besides revising the gas load shedding to twice a week from thrice a week at present.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 28, 2011
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