ICCI calls for immediate resolution of oil and gas cases


President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Zafar Bakhtawari has said that current energy crisis is holding back progress of businesses and industries, therefore, any pending court cases against oil and gas companies should be decided immediately.
While chairing a meeting of energy and petroleum sector entrepreneurs, President ICCI, Zafar Bakhtawari said that resolution of the oil and gas company’s issues would bring new investments in the oil and gas sector of Pakistan. He appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take urgent notice for settling litigation issues of gas exploration companies.
ICCI President also called upon the Government to give high priority to investments in the oil and gas sector to explore and exploit these natural resources for the benefit of the country.
He was responding to the reports that litigation concerning various oil and gas fields has caused a loss of more than $2 billion to the country’s largest oil and gas exploration company in one year and delayed energy projects.
He said that payments for oil import bill is the key factors that has put pressure on fragile economy, adds to the electricity generation cost, hitting hard the ordinary consumers as well as raising the cost of production for manufacturers. He said that Government should give immediate attention to run the existing power units by converting them form expensive fuels to cheaper options like coal-fired deriving coal from Thar coal fields and other renewable energy sources for cutting the oil import bill.
ICCI President expressed concern over soaring oil import bill which is touching the alarming figure of $16billion and comprises almost 40 percent of Pakistan’s total import bill that resulting in a huge trade deficit thus puts pressure on the local currency.