Minister says Iran cooperating in gas project – Pakistan

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, came out in the open and explained how the international sanctions against Iran are still a hurdle for Iran-Pakistan gas line.

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Briefing the sub-committee of Senate Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources he said production from these fields had witnessed two to three percent reduction and the situation could become worse if no raw gas was injected into the scheme.

“Iran is not unhappy with us, but fully aware of the real state of affairs,” he told a sub- commission of the Senate standing committee on petroleum and natural resources, adding that the two countries had discussed the project during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit to Tehran and agreed to collaborate with each other for its carrying out.

The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources stated that he realizes that the gas reserves in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are currently depleting and the government is trying its best to resolve this trouble.

The commission members suggested that topical anesthetics should be granted priority in jobs to overcome law and order situation in the country. They sounded out when the occupation is denied to locals, they react which create law and order situation.  Committee Convener Abdul Nabi Bangash said that 1800 local Balochs were working on Saindek project. He stated Kohat Division was getting 46,000 barrels oil and KPK has an overall 27 percent serif total production of natural gas in the state.

The oil minister also informed the sub-committee led by Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash that gas resources were fast depleting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and efforts were being prepared to expedite exploration activities as well as development of oil and gas deposits.

The OGDC Managing Director, Riaz Khan, said that the current gas resources are depleting and efforts are being constructed to amend the state of affairs.

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