New Petroleum Secy struggles on to resolve long pending issues of gas sector

ISLAMABAD: Newly-posted Secretary Petroleum Capt (r) Muhammad Mahmood has convened important meetings on Monday(today) to devise plan for solution to issues related to gas, it was learnt on Sunday.

According to sources, the newly-posted Secretary Petroleum after assuming office has been vigorously trying hard to solve the issues of petroleum and gas sectors, which were pending since a long time. And, for the purpose, the secretary petroleum has been holding important meetings on a daily basis.

Sharing schedule of the meetings scheduled for Monday, the sources said that the secretary will hold important on supply of gas to fertilizer industry wherein former premier Shahid Khaqqan Abbasi, Minister of State (Petroleum Division) Musadik Masood Malik, senior officials of ministry of industries and production, Director General (Gas), Managing Director (MD) of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) will be in attendance. Similarly, the secretary petroleum has called another important meeting in order to solve the issues of gas supply to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Stations, which will be attended by the Energy Task Force chairman Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of State (Petroleum Division) Musadik Masood Malik, DG (Gas) and MD of SNGPL. Likewise, to find out of the box solutions regarding the burgeoning circular debt, the present secretary petroleum has called an important meeting on circular debt with power division to discuss the proposal of asset acquisition in details and at the same time the proposal of transfer of share may also be debated with Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) and Mari Petroleum. The senior officials of power and petroleum division, DG (Oil), and MD PSO will also participate in the meeting. Moreover, the Petroleum secretary will hold an important meeting on tight gas with officials of the petroleum division and Director General Petroleum Concession (DGPC).

Besides, the secretary will hold important meeting/discussion on risk matrix and merits/demands of Mamikhel issue with senior officials of petroleum division, DGPC while the secretary will hold a meeting on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Policy with officials of petroleum division, and DG (LG) on Monday, they added.

It is pertinent to mention here that newly-posted Petroleum Secretary has been trying hard to resolve the long pending issues of petroleum and gas sectors ostensibly to secure the appreciation from the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif who was not happy with the performance of previous Secretary Petroleum.

 

Ahmad Ahmadani
Ahmad Ahmadani
The author is an investigative journalist. He can be reached at [email protected]

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