In an effort to automate the petroleum sector, the Petroleum Division has tasked acclaimed energy and technology experts to carry out a technical assessment for the usage of technology in the sector.
Once developed, the automation system will record real-time data of their daily sales. The move will help streamline the fuel supply countrywide and will enable the oil sector to become self-sufficient. It will also help Pakistan save billions on its annual petroleum import bill.
According to a senior Petroleum Division official privy to the development, the government is working on a multi-pronged strategy to revamp the oil and gas sector of the country. It primarily includes ensuring an uninterrupted supply of fuel across Pakistan by recording daily sales of oil depots and petrol pumps along with increasing the technical and professional capacity of OGRA.
In this regard, Petroleum Division has also drafted a bill that will legally bind oil depots and petrol pumps to allow the government to record daily sales once signed into law. Oil depots and petrol pumps will have no choice but to follow as in case of refusal OGRA will be legally authorized to seal the disputing depots and pumps and revoke their licenses.
The official added that the government will not condone the attitude of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) from now on and will put an end to the issue of artificial fuel shortage once and for all.
The government wants to end the issue of fuel hoarding forever. It would not be tolerated that some OMCs curtail supply to petrol pumps whenever the government reduces the oil prices to pass on the benefit to the common man but they start their routine business after a surge in petroleum prices to make a quick buck.
The technical assessment of the automation system will be completed in the next few weeks while its development and deployment will take a few months as it won’t be a walk in the park to automate more than 9,000 oil depots and petrol pumps across the country, the official added.