Zero tolerance against gas theft, line losses: minister

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Petroleum Minister Omar Ayub Khan said that there was zero tolerance against gas theft and line losses.

The minister made the remarks during a briefing at Petroleum Division. Nadeem Babar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Petroleum was also joined the briefing.

Secretary for Petroleum, Asad Hayyaudin briefed Minister about oil and gas exploration and production projects.

He also updated about LNG covenants, demand of petroleum products, local refineries and their production. Federal Secretary also briefed about functioning of Petroleum Divisions and its attached companies.

Omar Ayub Khan added that a special task force should be chalked out.

This task force should take data from both gas companies regarding gas theft cases. He said that protection of national resources is priority of SNGPL and SSGC. Nadeem Babar, SAPM added that management of gas companies shall be preemptive in curtailing the line losses.

He also said that in a bid to achieve self-sufficiency in the energy sector, OGDCL and PPL should devised a strategy to reinvigorate oil and gas exploration activities under which around new blocks will be auctioned to award licenses to interested E&P companies.

The briefing was attended by all senior officers of Petroleum Division.