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| Adviser for research to tap oil, gas resources|
| Updated at: 1526 PST, Wednesday, July 01, 2009|
ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Petroleum & Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain on Tuesday underlined the need to promote research and development activities along modern lines to tap the unexplored oil and gas resources and meet the growing energy needs of the country.
He was presiding over a meeting of Board of Governors of Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) here.
The adviser reviewed the future plan of action for capacity expansion of existing CNG stations and directed that the expansion work should be completed on priority basis.
The board approved revised budget estimates for 2008-09 and budget estimates of the institute for the year 2009-10, both in respect with current and development expenditures.
Dr Asim Hussain assigned HDIP to carry out a study on emission levels of road transport fuels in cooperation with Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (PEPA). The study would cover five transport fuels namely CNG, LPG, MS, E-10 and HSD.
Qualitative and quantitative analysis of non-methane hydrocarbons particulate matter, NOx, Sox, CO and CO2 will be undertaken. Exhaust emission levels will be determined under variations of engine power, engine conditions, road and load conditions, and intra-city and inter-city conditions.
HDIP Director General Hilal A Raza gave a short presentation seeking guidance of the adviser on the activities of HDIP. The meeting was attended by Secretary Petroleum Mahmood Salim Mahmood, Financial Adviser Mahmood Akhar, Director General SP/Admin, M Naeem Malik of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and Chief Fuels Energy Wing, Planning and Development Division Arshad Maqsood Malik.
Before chairing the meeting the advisor took a round of the laboratory facilities and Petroleum Core House. He appreciated the laboratory set up and the infrastructure developed by HDIP.
He said HDIP should continue making vigorous efforts to provide scientific and technical inputs to the industry and the government.