Sui Gas Utilities to Collect Additional Fixed Charges from Consumers
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) would charge ‘non-protected’ residential customers an extra fixed price of Rs. 460 per month. This new regulation will go into effect retrospectively on January 1, 2023.
According to the Express Tribune report, both gas firms will apply new pricing to April invoices covering gas usage in March. The change is part of the government’s goal to collect Rs. 310 billion from customers over a six-month period, from January to June 2023.
Because the new tariff took effect at the beginning of this year, the two companies will collect past-due payments for January and February and include the difference in bills for March, April, and May. This additional quantity will be reflected as an ‘adjustment’ and a ‘previous balance’ on the invoices.
This charge will only be applied to non-protected consumers who consumed more than 90 cubic meters of gas (on average) during the winter months of November 2022 to February 2023. Protected customers who used up to 90 cubic meters of water throughout the winter would pay just Rs. 10 per month in additional fixed rates.
According to the announcement issued by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) in mid-February 2023, the fixed rates would be collected by both gas utilities.