ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned Engro Corporation Chairman Hussain Dawood, seeking to record his statement in a case pertaining to the ‘illegal’ award of LNG terminal-1 licence to the Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (ETPL), Pakistan Today has learnt.
The country’s anti-corruption watchdog is currently engaged in an investigation against former prime minister and former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqqan Abbasi, former petroleum secretary Abid Saeed, Inter-State Gas Systems Pvt Ltd (ISGS) Managing Director Mobin Saulat, former Sui Southern Gas Company Limited managing director Zuhair Ahmed Siddiqui and Engro Pvt Ltd CEO Emranul Haq for their alleged involvement in the award of the LNG contract to ETPL, which is a subsidiary of Engro Corporation.
NAB, in a call-up notice to Hussain Dawood (dated September 30, 2019), has sought information under the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, and has requested Dawood to appear before NAB Rawalpindi/Islamabad on 8th October.
Sources in the country’s anti-graft body informed that the bureau sent notice to Dawood on his Karachi and Lahore residences.
As per the available copy of the ‘most urgent’ NAB notice, “Investigation has revealed that you (Hussain Dawood) are in possession of information/evidence regarding the award of LNG terminal contract to ETPL.
“Failure to comply with this notice may entail penal consequences as provided in Serial 2 of NAO 1999.”
Earlier, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) had granted a licence to ETPL for construction of an LNG re-gasification terminal at Port Qasim.
A former OGRA official, on the condition of anonymity, revealed that OGRA had granted the LNG terminal construction licence to Engro Vopak Terminal Limited (EVTL) on 13th June 2014, “allegedly on an incomplete application”.
After obtaining the license, he added, EVTL handed over the development work of the project to ETPL.
He said the applicant (EVTL) had obtained the licence without providing the essentially required NOCs, explosive licence (required for safety clearance), requisite studies, their approval, permission and licenses/consents from concerned ministries and authorities/departments as mentioned in the relevant sections of LNG policy 2011 and LNG Rules 2007.
According to clause no. 19.1 of the LNG construction licence, “The licencee shall have to obtain all the NOCs and approvals from concerned authorities.”
As per the source, ETPL had not complied with the health & safety policy, Hazop study etc. prior to submitting the application for issuance of a licence with OGRA. “Even the Port Qasim Authority had advised ETPL to undertake further studies, including revised ORA for LNGC and FSRU–anchorage, static and dynamic mooring analysis, compatibility study for LNGC with FSRU, manoeuvrability study, real-time simulation studies etc.”
Similarly, he said the LNG terminal site is well within the danger zone of 2000m of the port and it is not in line with the PQA master plan.