The Senate standing committee on petroleum and natural resources on Tuesday formed a three-member subcommittee to take all stakeholders on board about the selection of the site for construction of oil refinery and related issues.
The committee met here at the Commissioner’s House with its chairman, Senator Mohammad Yousuf, in the chair.
The Oil and Gas Development Company Limited officials, deputy managing director of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, managing director of Pakistan State Oil, representative of Hungarian MOL Company, local MNA Sheharyar Afridi, adviser to chief minister Amjid Khan Afridi, MPA Ziaullah Bangash, deputy speaker in the provincial assembly Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, Kohat division commissioner Syed Jalaluddin and MPA Shah Faisal from Hangu, other officials concerned were in attendance.
The subcommittee comprising Senators Nabi Bangash, Talah Mahmood and Usman Saifullah has been tasked with visiting all sites of oil and gas exploration companies for discussion on the companies’ shares in the stock market, welfare programmes in the region other than royalty, LPG quota and implementation of job quota for local people in the companies in line with the Supreme Court decision.
The chair said 13 tons of LPG plant had been installed but gas was being given to outsiders.
He ordered allocation of all gas quota to the local businessmen saying such a small quantity could not be exported outside the district.
The chair expelled the SNGPL deputy managing director from the hall because managing director failed to attend the meeting despite intimation.
He said very important decisions had been taken in the meeting for which presence of signing authority was indispensable.
The committee advised the companies especially the PSO not to create confusion about the site of the construction of oil refinery and start work on it without further delay after selecting the district and site.