ISLAMABAD, Feb 17 (APP):Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said that construction
work on the 427-kilometer Machike-Tarujabba oil pipeline, from Sheikhupura to
Peshawar, would start soon to ensure safe, efficient and reliable mode of
supplying petroleum products across the country.
“Formal approval has been accorded by the ECC, studies are
in progress and construction work will start soon,” the minister told APP on a
query about commencement of practical work on the pipeline.
On February 12, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) while
considering the proposal of Petroleum Division has given its consent for the
Frontier Oil Company to undertake and implement the oil pipeline project. It consists
of three sections Machike-Chak Pirana (135-km), Chak Pirana-Rawat (117-km) and
Rwat-Tarujabba (175-km) to transport high speed diesel and motor spirit.
The minister said the ECC had thoroughly discussed the
project and granted approval for the company after considering its proposal
feasible, adding that the company had timely got the licence from Oil and Gas
Regulatory Authority for laying the oil pipeline.
The pipeline will be laid from Sheikhupura to Peshawar to
ensure smooth and safe supply of white oil products across the country and avoid
tragedies like Ahmedpur Sharqiya in which an oil tanker turned turtle and
caught fire. The incident took lives of 219 people and caused injuries to 59
others in June 2017.
The project will be capable of transporting dual oil
products like HSD and MS oil from Machike to Taru Jabba via Chakpirana and
Sihala depots, connecting the pipeline from Karachi to Peshawar.