Pakistan court orders compensation for LNG tanker blast victims
31 May 2016
On May 31, the Sindh High Court ordered a private gas company to compensate heirs of victims of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker explosion. The court also ordered Pakistan’s Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) to constitute a committee to suggest safety measures for the transportation of LPG.
The directives were made during a lawsuit instituted by Hazara Efficient Gas against the suspension of its licence following an LPG tanker’s explosion in February this year which killed 22 people, including 12 schoolchildren, near Sheikhupura, Punjab.
The plaintiff had asked the court to declare the suspension of its licence by Ogra as illegal.
During proceedings, Ogra maintained that the plaintiff lacked safety arrangements and that this was the reason for the suspension of its licence.