Minister for Petroleum Omar Ayub Khan inaugurated a Euro-IV and V standard fuel testing laboratory at the Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, to ensure availability of high-grade fuels conforming the latest vehicles and tackle environmental issues like smog & air pollution.
Following the directives, a strategy was being worked out by the Petroleum Division to start the import of the Euro-IV & V fuel besides producing it at the local level. Currently, Euro-II & III standard petrol and diesel were available in the country.
Omar Ayub while speaking to media said new fuel standards would prove helpful in controlling environmental pollution and improving the efficiency of diesel and petrol engines. “Adoption of high-grade fuel standards and their usage in high-tech vehicles will help save foreign exchange due to their less consumption.”
“The lab will test the imported as well locally produced fuels of the increased standards. It will check that the fuels were matching the approved standards or not,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Petroleum Division in a news release said that it had earlier accorded approval to undertake a major up-gradation plan for the HDIP. “This is in continuation of the Petroleum Division’s initiative to introduce international best practices in all its organizations.”
The plan envisaged up-gradation of all petroleum testing facilities at Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, and Multan.
“The plan also includes getting ISO certification of Petroleum testing laboratory at Islamabad. The project will be implemented over a two year period at a cost of Rs 303.698 million.”
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