Govt places immediate ban on furnace oil imports

ISLAMABAD: The government has notified an immediate ban on the import of furnace oil and ordered all refineries to utilise billions of rupees in annual deemed duty, they collect on petroleum products, to upgrade their refining facilities.

The government has also ordered an immediate reduction in the FO production to a minimum level and enter into commercial agreements with power producers for utilisation of their capacity for FO storage, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Petroleum on Tuesday.

In the future, all refineries would ensure that FO production is minimal byproduct of Crude Oil processing. The oil refineries should undertake production of additional storage facilities as well as utilisation of the proceeds of deemed duty for upgradation/modernisation of their facilities.

The government had imposed a ban on import of FO with immediate effect except for K-Electric.

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