Machike-Tarujabba pipeline: ISGS receive positive response

Managing director says pipeline will help meet growing demand

APP February 23, 2018
Machike-Tarujabba pipeline to ensure safe transportation of oil PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS) is getting a positive response in the bidding tender floated for the construction of the 427-km Machike-Tarujabba pipeline to ensure safe transportation of oil, said ISGS Managing Director Mobin Saulat.

“We have received a tremendous response and feedback to the tender that we had floated. We are committed to moving forward on the project with great determination,” he said while talking to APP.

The last date for receiving and opening the bids is March 5. Saulat said that the pipeline would help avoid tragedies like Ahmedpur Sharqiya oil tanker rollover incident in which around 219 people lost their lives and 59 got injured.  “The strategic project, which is being revived, will also help meet the ever growing requirements of an expanding economy and increase in POL products demand forecasts,” he said.

Terming the pipeline “backbone” for oil transportation, he said that it would be the safest, efficient and reliable mode of supplying petroleum products, and would help avoid accidents, which have now become a frequent occurrence.

The official informed that the pipeline would be constructed in three segments including Machike-Chakpirana (135-km of 18 inch diameter -proposed), Chakpirana to Rawat (117-km of 18 inch diameter- proposed) and Rawat to Tarujabba (175-km of 14 inches diameter-proposed).

He said that the project would be implemented on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) basis for a 15-year term through open tenders. “The project will be capable of transporting dual oil products HSD and MS oil from Machike to Tarujabba via Chakpirana and Sihala depots, completing the pipeline from Karachi to Peshawar.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2018.

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