Provinces Raise Objection To Pakistan Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority Bil

The provinces have raised objection to Pakistan Petroleum Upstream Regulatory
Authority bill, saying provinces were not taken on board regarding the amendment in the bill.
In the meeting of NA committee on energy, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has raised
objection to Weighted Average Cost of Gas (WACOG), saying that it is unjustified and will increase
the burden of the provinces.
The 15th meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Energy (Petroleum
Division), which was held under the chairmanship of Dr Imran Khattak, was informed by its
member MNA Shahzain Bugti that OGDCL is not paying rent for his lands. Chairman Committee
said that the issue of land rent of Shahzain Bugti should be resolved. The committee said that the
issue of rent of Shah Zain Bugti’s lands should be resolved according to the decision of the special
committee formed by the Prime Minister. Chairman of the committee said that OGDCL should
sign a new agreement with Shahzain Bugti in two weeks.
The Committee was briefed about Weighted Average Cost of Gas (WACOG). As per the briefing,
the WACOG model is meant for uniformity of pricing mechanism across the country. It will meet
the deficiency in the OGRAlaw to determine consumer price of imported LNG. The representative
of the KP government opposed Weighted Average Cost of Gas (WACOG), saying it will increase the
burden of the province. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa representative further said that at the time of
the bill, the LNG price was lower.
Official of the Petroleum Division said that there is an option for the provinces to have different
prices but it will make the situation complicated. Junaid Akbar MNA said that under Weighted
Average Cost of Gas (WACOG) Punjab’s burden will be shifted to KP. This move will further
increase the deprivation among the people, he added. Secretary Petroleum said that he will take
care of these steps in the remodeling of Weighted Average Cost of Gas (WACOG). He said that
Petroleum Division has given various suggestions to CCI regarding the average price of domestic

The official of Sindh government said that the amendments in this bill have not been shared with
them. Opposing the amendment, the official said that they did not seek the opinion of the
provincial government regarding these amendments.
The committee deferred the bill and said that secretary Petroleum and provincial secretaries
should come prepared for the next meeting.
Thereafter, the Committee was briefed about the status of recommendations made by the
Committee during its previous meetings. The Federal Secretary, Petroleum Division apprized the
Committee that 8 employees from the SSGCL were terminated from service on administrative
grounds to establish good governance and writ of the management. However, the Committee
expressed its displeasure for removal of employees and sought report from SSGCL to be
presented in the next meeting. It was further informed that the SSGCL has nominated an officer
of the rank of SGM as focal person to deal with the issues of MNAs regarding shortage of gas in
their constituencies.
Implementation status of the order passed by Islamabad High Court regarding promotion of
employees in OGDCL was also discussed during the meeting. The Committee directed the OGDCL
authorities to implement the recommendations/ decisions of Special Committee headed by the
Defence Minister Pervez Khattak. The Pakistan Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority Bill,
2022” was also considered by the Committee. However, the Bill was deferred for further
deliberations after having inputs from the stakeholders and especially the provincial energy

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