Non-functional oil terminals

Published: February 12, 2020

KARACHI: This, indeed, is a potential catastrophe. Out of Pakistan’s three main oil import terminals, two are non-functional and undergoing upgrades and repairs. They are Oil Pier-1 and Oil Pier-3. Only Oil Pier-2 is operating at the moment.

These three oil import terminals form the backbone of Pakistan’s petroleum industry. It comes as a great shock that our country’s oil imports can so easily be threatened due to a lack of foresight. It will take the authorities eight months or so to make both the terminals functional again. Knowing how fast repairs are done here, I am sure the actual time taken will be even longer.

As a concerned Pakistani citizen, my question for our relevant authorities is: how and why are we so pathetically complacent to allow this situation to persist? If, God forbid, something happens to Oil Pier-2, Pakistan’s oil sector will literally come to a standstill. This is indeed a grave situation. I urge our planners to urgently find a solution to it.

Syed Ovais Akhtar

Published in The Express Tribune, February 12th, 2020.

Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @ETOpEd on Twitter to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.

Facebook Conversations

Leave Your Reply Below

Your comments may appear in The Express Tribune paper. For this reason we encourage you to provide your city. The Express Tribune does not bear any responsibility for user comments.

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. For more information, please see our Comments FAQ.

More in Letters