Islamabad: The spokesman of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has clarified that: the Country’s demand of Petrol is about 7000 tons/day out of which Punjab’s share is about 3000 tons/day. The demand is being met through local refineries that produce around 3000 tons/day while balance is met through imports. Punjab demand is mainly met by Attock Refinery Limited (ARL) (Rawalpindi) and PARCO (Muzaffargarh) and any shortfall is met through imports.
On 22-5-2011, ARL had to shut down its plattformer unit because of operational emergency resulting in non-availability of Petrol from said source.
In order to maintain smooth supply/availability of petrol in the upcountry, M/o Petroleum and NR has taken following actions:
All Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have been advised to rush the product from Karachi and PARCO Refinery to upcountry area to avoid shortages.
PARCO Refinery has been requested to operate at full capacity and fill the Tank Lories round the clock.
OMCs has been advised to open and operate the depots round the clock.
PSOCL which is already regularly supplying petrol in all parts of the country has been advised to arrange imports of 50,000 tons Petrol through gallop tender on emergent basis in addition to regular import of 105000 tons during the month of June to meet the shortfall created by ARL plattformer shutdown.
ARL has been advised to expedite the repair of plattformer on war footing basis to minimize the closure time.
Emergent steps in hand are likely to improve the situation by 15-16 June.
OGRA has been advised to take action against the Oil Marketing Companies non complaint of the storage requirements.
Situation is likely to improve within a couple of days and is being closely monitored.
For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326