EPA Sindh to process EIAR of IP gas pipeline in Sindh

Karachi: Environmental Protection Agency Sindh will process the Environmental Impact Assessment Report of Iran Pakistan IP gas pipeline in Sindh for its approval by Expert Committee after its go-ahead made at Public Hearing meeting held at a local hotel here.

Giving his concluding remarks, Director General EPA Sindh Naeem Ahmed Mughal said that pre and post construction monitoring of the project will be strictly done to make the proponent take care of every aspect of the environment during this whole developmental activity.

He hoped that the project will uplift the socioeconomic milieu, adding d keeping in view of the energy crises, this project is very important. He said that EPA Sindh encourages development and to foster sustainable development its role is important so that no one can cause any threat to environment and today’s public hearing aims at to minimize the potential sources of danger to the environment.

He pointed that the proponent of the project has bypassed the Kirthar National Park during the execution of the project that is a good sign.

“Nevertheless, the environmental sensitivity cannot be ignored outside the Kirthar National Park and we have to fully ensure protection of every type of flora and fauna”, he added.

He further said that we have to minimize the changes in natural environment, like we cannot ignore the soil erosion factor which could be caused due to use of heavy machinery during the execution phase of the said project. “In short we should make projects that are environmentally sound and monitoring of Environmental Management Plan will be done at every stage of the referred project.”

Waqar Hussain Phulpoto, Director Technical EPA Sindh also spoke.

It may be pointed out that the mandate of the project IP Gas Pipeline is to supply natural gas from Iran’s South Pars gas field and deliver at Pak-Iran border, near Gawadar and to end at Nawab Shah covering a distance of over 781 KM.

The pipeline will start from onshore gas processing facility at Assaluyeh in Iran to transfer a distance of 1,150 km up to Iran Pakistan boarder which will be built and operated by Iran, which has already completed a 900 km portion of 56 inch diameter pipeline from Assaluyeh to Iran city, the remaining pipeline up to Pakistan border is to be laid.