Government will extend full cooperation to investment in country’s oil and gas sector: Dr Asim

Islamabad, December 04, 2012 (PPI-OT): Dr. Asim Hussain Advisor to the Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources has said that Government will facilitate and extend full cooperation to investment in the country’s oil and gas sector. He said this while addressing the inaugural session of the Annual Technical Conference (ATC) jointly organized by Pakistan Association of Petroleum Geoscientists (PAPG) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) today here in Islamabad.

He said that the Government while re-affirming its commitment towards bridging the widening gap between demand and supply and securing a safe energy future, the Petroleum Exploration and Production Policy 2012 was announced on August 27, 2012. In addition to the Tight Gas, Low BTU Gas, LNG and LPG policies issued earlier, this is the second petroleum policy issued by the present Government almost 2 years after the 2009 policy, with an aim to attract new investment for exploitation of indigenous natural resources and decrease reliance on imports. Dr. Asim Hussain emphasized upon the E and P companies to make most of these polices.

Advisor on Petroleum further said that the primary objective of this comprehensive policy is to optimize the processes and procedures, tax and pricing regime in respect of the petroleum exploration and production sector and provide new stimuli for increasing exploration and production investment by modifying current contracting terms and incentives while taking into account current market conditions. The major incentive provided in the new policy is on wellhead gas price, which has been revised upward to attract investment, both from existing and prospective investors.

The Government is also working on Shale Gas Policy Framework, which is in an advanced stage of finalization, along with preparation of Marginal and Stranded Gas and Low Pressure Gas policies as well as Guidelines for Flared Gases to tap available resources for the benefit of the country. Shale gas has been the game changer in North America and the same can be replicated in Pakistan if plans are executed in an optimum way. LPG Policy 2012 is also under preparation.

The Government is also working on bringing in gas through the Iran-Pakistan (IP) and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas pipeline projects to meet growing energy demand in the country. Additionally, the import of gas from Qatar and import of LNG is also being considered.

In terms of expanding the gas network within the country and providing new connections, Dr. Asim Hussain said that during the tenure of the present government 1.6 million consumers were given gas connections at a cost of, while 879 kilometers of transmission lines and 38,828 km of distribution and service lines were added to the gas network. Around 750 MMscfd gas is likely to be added to the system by June 2013, resulting in an increase of 20 percent in existing flow.

Advisor on Petroleum informed that the Government has recently announced a new exploration bid round offering 60 exploration blocks along with Road Shows in Houston and London scheduled in early December to showcase the Petroleum Policy 2012 and lure the multinational companies to participate in this bid round.

Earlier, Mr. Moin Raza Khan, Chairman ATC 2012 and Dr. Saeed Khan Jadoon Chairman SPE Pakistan welcomed the Advisor on Petroleum and the distinguished guests.

The Annual Technical Conference (ATC) is a regular activity in which petroleum sector experts and managers from abroad and Pakistan participate and share experiences in the form of technical sessions and panel discussions. The theme of this year’s Two days conference is “E and P Technologies, Innovation and New Frontiers”.

For more information, contact:
Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Resources
Tel: +9251 921 0220 -9206416
Fax: +9251 921 3180
Email: minister@mpnr.gov.pk

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