Govt. committed to provide level playing field, equal opportunities for LNG Suppliers. Dr. Asim

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources, Dr. Asim Hussain has assured that Government is committed to facilitate and provide equal opportunities to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) suppliers in the country and the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources will ensure that a level playing field is provided so that the beneficial impacts trickle down to the common man.

He said this while chairing a high level meeting in which LNG import issues were discussed here in Islamabad on Tuesday. The meeting was also attended by Secretary Petroleum & Natural Resources Division Mr. Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry, Managing Director Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), representatives of Port Qasim Authority, Federal Board of Revenue and senior officers of the ministry.

It was decided in the meeting to establish a Task Force headed by the Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Resources, as part of the Government incentive in the LNG Policy 2006 (clause 7.4) and to facilitate the implementation of LNG import projects. Other members of the Task Force would be Additional Secretary of Finance, Defence, Industries, Production, Ports and Shipping Divisions, a representative of OGRA, Member (Customs)-FBR, Chairman of the concerned seaport authority, Director Generals of the concerned EPA, Coast Guards and Maritime Security Agency and Commander Karachi or COMCOAST Gawadar.

This Task Force will act as a one-stop-shop to address all issues concerning LNG import projects, including the interpretation of policies and regulations.

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