‘Sub-standard’ diesel worth Rs1.5bn seized at Mehmood Kot

‘because of unlawful sale of adulterated diesel, the countrywide exchequer had confronted round Rs20bn loss in 4 months’

ISLAMABAD: A huge quantity of high-speed diesel (HSD), worth about Rs1.five billion, which was being transported from Karachi to Muazaffargarh through the pipeline of Pak-Arab Pipeline agency restricted (PAPCO), has been seized at Mehmood Kot reputedly because of its wrong and misleading specs.

nicely-informed resources advised Pakistan today that this high-velocity diesel became imported from Karachi to Mehmood Kot through 3 oil advertising and marketing corporations (OMCs) through PAPCO’s pipeline after necessary examinations and assessments from the authorities laboratories.

They stated upon checking, the flash factor of the diesel (HSD) turned into located at ninety four points and after a sure check from the authorities laboratory it became saved within the storage tanks of PAPCO in Karachi. Later, they brought, PAPCO transported 12,000 tonnes of diesel through a pipeline from Karachi to Mehmood Kot (Muzaffargarh). however, flash point of that diesel turned into “found to be at 51 to 53 point for the duration of the retesting at Mehmood Kot”, they said.

resources also knowledgeable that oil marketing businesses, such as Pakistan state Oil (PSO), Shell and overall Parco, after locating the “modified” specs of HSD, had declined to buy diesel from Mehmood Kot. They stated the flash point of transported diesel was located beneath sixty six, which became already distinct by way of the authorities as a trendy, adding that the oil mafia became striving difficult to find a middle manner to claim this sub-widespread diesel as a standard one.

It turned into additionally learnt from resources that PAPCO had formed a committee to research the problem and to hold the responsible party responsible. The committee become additionally tasked to improve the specification of this diesel and make it because the per authorities’s popular for its sale to OMCs.

officials in the petroleum division on the situation of anonymity said that the sale of diesel has reduced to 0.15 million tonnes in keeping with month “attributable to the ignorant behaviour of the ministry of strength, Oil and fuel Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and Pakistan Customs”.

They said due to the unlawful sale of adulterated diesel within the us of a, the national exchequer had faced around Rs20 billion loss in best four months, including that the flash point of diesel imported through PSO on 3rd September, eighth August and twenty sixth July stood at 90, 94, and ninety respectively.

it is relevant to mention that imported diesel is commonly transported thru PAPCO’s white oil pipeline from Port Qasim to Mehmood Kot after laboratory exams/examinations and verification from HDIP and by using PSO, as per set preferred of the authorities. assets in PSO revealed that examination of the flash factor of the gas at Mehmood Kot become the duty of the operator (PAPCO).

They stated it turned into the duty of the pipeline operator to deeply look at and recheck the first-class of gas previous to pumping it into the pipeline machine. They stated that loss incurred due to the terrible fine of fuel might be compensated by way of the operator of the pipeline, as according to the gas transportation agreement become inked between the oil marketing corporation and PEPCO.

It became also learnt that PSO’s popular for the flash point of imported petroleum products stands between ninety-a hundred factors while the authorities’s set widespread of the flash point turned into at 66 factors.

resources inside the oil region disclosed that import of carbon persisted unabated on the Karachi’s port and it was being sold to petrol pumps in drums. They said sub-wellknown high-speed diesel turned into being imported through these without any tax, duty, and petroleum levy.

They stated although this revelation changed into made in a meeting of the Oil agencies Advisory Council (OCAC), yet OGRA and other worried remained silent in this count number of significant nature. Irani diesel and mixing of kerosene oil in diesel had been causing a awesome loss to the criminal sale of HSD within the u . s . a ., they lamented.

it is well worth citing that the strength Ministry, FBR and OGRA had no longer taken concrete movement towards mixing of kerosene oil in diesel and sale of Irani diesel in the united states regardless of court cases of sub-standard diesel to the customers.

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