Shell Pakistan says to pay fine for Bahawalpur tanker fire that killed 217

Published: July 11, 2017
OGRA had held Shell Pakistan responsible for the worst accidents in the country's history. PHOTO: EXPRESS

OGRA had held Shell Pakistan responsible for the worst accidents in the country's history. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday agreed to pay a fine of about 257 million rupees ($2.4 million) in compensation for the tanker explosion on the outskirts of Bahawalpur that killed more than 200 people last month.

The fiery blast on June 25 was one of the worst accidents in the country’s history. A tanker carrying fuel rolled over in Punjab and villagers rushed to collect leaking fuel.

Something then set off a fireball.

The regulator, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), held Shell Pakistan responsible for the accident in which 217 people died and 61 were injured.

The company said the tanker was owned by a contractor it hired to transport its fuel.

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Shell Pakistan Ltd (SPL) said it would pay the fine to “comply with the regulator’s directive”.

In a statement, Shell Pakistan added: “However, we do so while reserving the right to contest the fine.”

The energy regulator ordered Shell Pakistan to pay a fine of 10 million rupees ($95,000).

In addition, it ordered the company to pay one million rupees ($9,400) in compensation to the families of each of those killed and half a million ($4,700) for each person injured.

Shell Pakistan said it did not accept liability but it did “clearly recognise that this was a tragedy that has deeply affected the community” as the holy month of Ramazan ended.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • MS
    Jul 11, 2017 - 6:55PM

    In Western countries fine amount would have been in billions. How much is gone into OGRA officials pockets need to be investigated.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 11, 2017 - 7:28PM

    In western countries there is justice when assigning such large fines, at the very least it is taken into consideration whos fault was it to be in such close proximity to an obvious fire hazard Recommend

  • zaman
    Jul 11, 2017 - 9:00PM

    too little too lateRecommend

  • Haseeb Khan
    Jul 11, 2017 - 9:15PM

    How much did Union Carbide pay after Bhopal. At times I seriously wonder about the competency of our civil servants.Recommend

  • Just Someone
    Jul 11, 2017 - 10:03PM

    Shell has gotten off very cheaply.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan yadav
    Jul 12, 2017 - 5:46AM

    Generosity of shell otherwise they are not liable for those oil greedy people.Recommend

  • Electric
    Jul 12, 2017 - 7:44AM

    The amount is like a peanut for Shell Pakistan. Recommend

  • Irfan
    Jul 12, 2017 - 9:09AM

    We are the worst opportunists in the history of mankind.Recommend

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