OGRA official flouts rules, submits reply on flare gas usage without consultation

ISLAMABAD: The Member Finance of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), while submitting a reply to Petroleum Division “on the behalf of the authority”, has refused to support the use of flare gas in compressed natural gas/transport sector, it was learnt on Thursday.

According to sources, the Petroleum Division had sought OGRA’s opinion on the use of flare gas in the CNG/transport sector. Subsequently, on Jan 1st, OGRA Member Finance and Vice Chairman Noorul Haq forwarded the authority’s opinion on the matter without consulting OGRA’s Gas Department/Member Gas.

Although Haq’s reply to the Petroleum Division was signed by Joint Executive Director Hidayatullah, the same was kept secret from Member Oil as well as other officials of the gas department, they added.

“ORGA’s Member Finance, without consulting or getting approval from Member Gas/experts, declared his own opinion regarding use of flare gas as OGRA’s opinion, and forwarded the same to the Petroleum Division,” an insider stated. “It was mandatory for the Member Finance to consult OGRA’s Gas Department/Member Gas prior to submitting authority’s opinion to the Petroleum Division.”

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Sources said that ORGA, in its opinion on the use of flare gas in CNG/transport sector, had contended that “no experiment in this matter is affordable”.

“Flare gas is off-spec gas and there is no mechanism available either at well-head or at CNG stations to bring it on specification. Similarly, no mechanism is available at the site of CNG stations to collect round the clock data related to composition of the gas, while off-spec flare gas to CNG stations would mean compromising the integrity of CNG equipment at CNG stations as well as in CNG converted automobiles/cylinders, endangering the life and property of general public.”

Furthermore, it added, supply of off-spec gas to CNG vehicle owners would result in serious safety repercussions beyond imagination and control.

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Ahmad Ahmadani
The author is an investigative journalist. He can be reached at [email protected]

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