Construction of 12-storey Petroleum House to be completed on Oct 31

ISLAMABAD – State Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal on Wednesday visited the under construction Petroleum House, Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) and the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL).

During his visit to the 12-storey Petroleum House, which is spanning over approximately 1,63,000 square feet and being built at a cost of Rs 857 million, the minister went to each floor including basements of the building and inspected pace and quality of the construction work.

Ministry’s Joint Secretary Usman Khan Khattak briefed the minister on the Petroleum House and hoped that the project, initiated in 2007, would be completed by October 31 this year. Kamal minutely examined the different sections of the building and passed directives for slight but necessary changes in interior arrangements of the house, where the entire ministry set up as well as liaison offices of its attached departments like OGDCL, PSO, PARCO and PPL would be shifted to improve working and efficiency of oil and gas sector.

During the HDIP visit, Institute Director General Dr Muhammad Parvez briefed the state minister on working of the organisation as well as financial problems being faced by it. Kamal was apprised that HDIP was providing technical and secretariat support to the government for international fora like World Energy Council and Economic Cooperation Organisation, besides publishing technical reports and papers.

The minister urged the HDIP management to explore ways and means to utilise expertise of its experts in international market especially Central Asian states aimed at generating income of the institute. Later, he took round of different laboratories of the HDIP including core study, spectroscopy, chromatography, elemental, organic petrography gas chromatography – mass spectrometry, pyrolysis, sedimentlogy and CNG cylinders testing labs, and expressed keen interest in sample processing process.

During his visit to the SNGPL office, company’s general manager gave a detailed briefing to the state minister on different operational areas including transmission and distribution network, demand and supply gap besides illegal use of the commodity.

Kamal said that the government was making serious efforts to overcome energy crisis and expressed confidence that there would be sufficient gas in next two to three years as regional gas projects Iran-Pakistan (IP) and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipelines projects, would be completed. He urged the company to ensure prevention of illegal use of gas and its theft.

The minister advised SNGPL to evolve and effective monitoring system of its transmission lines and look into the possibility of introducing automatic meter reading system.

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