Detect all gas theft areas: Khan

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – September 5, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Prime minister (PM) Imran Khan directed the petroleum division to chalk out a comprehensive plan for checking gas theft countrywide, which was causing a loss of Rs 50 billion to the national exchequer annually, on Tuesday.

According to an official statement, Khan directed that a comprehensive plan of action with delineated timelines be submitted at the earliest to address various issues of the oil and gas sector.

Petroleum division additional secretary in-charge Asad Haya-ud-Din briefed Khan, in detail, about the existing situation vis-à-vis demand and supply in the oil and gas sector.

The PM was apprised about the progress into construction and operationalization of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran (TAPI) gas pipeline along with other significant projects which were in the pipeline to meet growing energy needs countrywide.

Haya-ud-Din highlighted various issues including the issue of rationalisation of gas sale prices, recovery of receivables, non-implementation and frequent altering of policies resulting in erosion of the investors’ confidence and non-awarding of exploration blocks during the last five years.

Khan was chairing a briefing at PM office participated by petroleum minister Ghulam Sarwar, petroleum division additional secretary in-charge Haya-ud-Din and other related senior government officers.