Crude oil worth Rs142b stolen in KP
FIA, Petroleum Ministry failed to stop theft, NA body told, Abbasi reveals 20 ships of Qatari LNG have reached Pakistan
A standing committee of the National Assembly was yesterday informed that a theft of crude oil worth Rs 142 billion had taken place during past two-and-a-half years in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but both the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the Ministry of Petroleum had failed to stop the practice.The theft has still been taking place from the joint pipeline of NASHPA oil field and Makori central processing facility at Mir Kalam, Spina Banda in Karak district, for last several years.
Unidentified culprits were stealing oil from the pipeline and transport it to other areas, the National Assembly's standing committee on petroleum and natural resources was told.
The meeting was presided over by MNA Bilal Ahmed Virk.The question of theft was raised by MQM MNA Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, saying oil theft of around Rs 142 billion was taking place with the connivance of Pakistan State Oil (PSO) employees.The managing director and CEO of the state-run PSO, Sheikh Imran-ul-Haq, replied, "No such incident of pilferage took place with or without connivance of employees of Pakistan State Oil Company Limited (PSOCL) after June 1, 2013.
This field is in control of a foreign company, MOL, he claimed.Petroleum Secretary Arshad Mirza told the committee, "The government has been investigating this case and two inquiries have also been conducted.We have reached some traces.
However, the FIA is now further investigating it and will soon reach its bottom.
"The exploration and production blocks' operations are in MOL's possession.This does not indicate the government is involved in it.
We have involved the FIA in this investigation," the MD said.
MOL has only nine percent shares in it while the government of Pakistan owns 91 percent shares.The members of the committee expressed serious concern over the theft, questioning why the government was unable to reach the culprits."Is the foreign company involved in it, which has only nine percent shares? Is the company eating up the 91 percent shares through these tactics?" they questioned.Nasir Khan Khattak said this theft of oil had been taking place for the last several years; even two persons who wanted to take up the issue with the higher authorities have been murdered.Mentioning the MOL, he said they were basically supporting terrorism, as wicked and unscrupulous people of the area had been given contracts and were sending threatening messages to those who try to raise voice against this dirty business.Khattak said, "A company with nine percent shares is stealing crude oil of billions of rupees while the 91 percent shareholder (Pakistan) is silent.
" This crude oil was being sold in Karak at Rs18/liter, he asserted.Akram Khan Durrani said they were common complaints that crude oil is found in gas connections in Karak, Bannu and DI Khan districts.
He asked the minister why the government was not installing a machine to separate oil and gas and inject only gas in the system.The committee decided to call Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and FIA in next meeting.While discussing the call-attention notice of Dr Shireen Mazari regarding complete lack of information about the LNG deal, Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Khaqan Abbasi told the committee that the government had entered into separate contracts for LNG procurement and re-gasification.
"For LNG, the government has struck two contracts with state-run Qatargas and another private company Gunvor.
So far 20 ships have reached Pakistan.Four other ships are in pipeline of which three are from Qatargas and one from Gunvor.
He said by March end, 1.
5 million tons of LNG will reach Pakistan.The committee decided to continue its discussion on the call-attention notice at its next meeting.The meeting was attended by MNAs Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Malik Aitebar Khan, Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Abdul Waseem and Akram Khan Durrani.