Pakistan-based Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has directed captive power plant users in Sindh and Balochistan to improve efficiency by up to 40% from the present 28-30%, within six months.

Gas distribution utilities in Pakistan currently want to focus on the efficient use of the resource to conserve as much of it as possible, as the nation is facing acute gas shortages, reported The Express Tribune.

Most industries prefer installing gas-run captive plants in the country, as gas is a relatively cheap commodity, compared to furnace oil and diesel.

Sui Southern Gas Company managing director Zuhair Siddiqui was quoted by the publication as saying that efficiency is a relatively new phenomenon in the country and the customers will take time to understand the importance of using gas efficiently.

"If captive power plants are using 10 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) gas, this initiative on efficiency will certainly reduce it to 8mmcfd," Siddiqui added.

Siddiqui noted that the users of captive power plants had been notified in March, and action will be taken against those who will fail to improve working efficiency within six months.

In last few decades, many industries in Karachi have used gas-run captive power plants as an alternative supply of electricity during scheduled power load shedding.