The All Pakistan CNG stations Association (APCNGA) has identified 137 CNG stations across the country where a proposed CNG safety monitoring authority can supervise the implementation of cylinder and kit safety protocols. The list has been forwarded to the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) for clearance, according to the APCNGA Chairman Abdullah Ghyas Paracha. He was addressing a meeting of the Ministerial CNG Task Force, chaired by Joint Secretary (Administration) Hamid Asghar Khan, to review the task force’s progress and share Ogra’s recommendations regarding CNG cylinder and kit safety here on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by senior officials from Ogra, the Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) and the APCNGA.
According to a statement the task force was informed that Ogra has recommended a maximum of two CNG cylinders to be fitted in light transport vehicles, four in heavy transport vehicles and one in private vehicles. It was also informed that the APCNGA had provided HDIP and Ogra with computerised monitoring equipment to facilitate the process, while training sessions for CNG station personnel has been completed under the supervision of expert engineers in the Islamabad head office and regional offices in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta.
HDIP said that the criteria for vehicular monitoring and recommendations regarding the placement of CNG cylinders in public and private transport had been compiled. These will be shared with Ogra and the APCNGA before submission to the ministry of petroleum and natural resources. The HDIP also informed the meeting that the technical screening of proposals for selection of third party monitoring laboratories will be completed within a week.
The recommendations finalised by the task force will be presented to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) for approval.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2012.