Government of Pakistan Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources
Islamabad, the 13th May 1992
S.R.O.714 (1)/92.― In exercise of the powers conferred by section 2 of the Regulation of Mines and Oilfields and Mineral Development (Government Control) Act, 1948, (XXIV of 1948), the Federal Government is pleased to make the following rules, namely:-
1. Short title and Commencement.— (1) These rules may be called the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) (Production and Marketing) Rules, 1992.
(2) They shall come into force at once.
2. Definitions.― In these rules, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context, –
(a) “Area of operation” means the area within which a licensee is authorized to compress natural gas distribution of CNG in automotive(s);
(b) “Authority” means the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority established pursuant to the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority Ordinance, 2002;
(c) “Consumer” means any person or corporation who is supplied with compressed natural gas in his automotive(s) by a licensee for his own use but not for storage, processing, filling, sale or distribution;
(d) “Container” means any cylinder or vessel installed in an automobile or at CNG refueling station and used for storing, transporting and distributing CNG;
(e) “Corporation” includes any corporation, joint stock company, partnership association, business trust, organized group of persons, whether incorporated or not and receiver or trustee of any of them;
(f) “Licensee “ means a person or a corporation who holds a license under Part II of these rules;
(g) “Compressed natural gas” or “CNG” means compressed gaseous fuel composed predominantly of methane (CH4);
(h) “Meter” means all equipment used for the purpose of measuring the quantity of CNG supplied, and includes all kinds of apparatus upon whose reading or indication for the supply or sale of specified or unspecified time;
(i) “Sale price” means the price of CNG to be charged by a licensee under an agreement from the consumer(s);
(j) “Supply mains” means a pipeline used for the transportation of natural gas for the purpose of sale to a licensee; and
(k) “Works” includes pipeline, machinery or equipment including civil works established or installed, owned, controlled, operated or managed in connection with the compression of natural gas for the purpose of storage, filling or distribution of CNG.
1 License compulsory. No person or corporation shall, without first obtaining a license from the Authority, undertake, or cause to be undertaken under any agreement, the operation or construction of works connected with compression of natural gas for the purpose of storing, filling or distribution of CNG.
2 Application for license. (1) A person or corporation may submit an application to the Authority for a licence of a refueling station at the existing petrol pump or at separate site.
(2) An application for license shall be in triplicate in the form annexed to these rules and shall be accompanied by a fee of Rs. 25,000/- Provided that where the grant of the license is refused, half of such fee shall be refunded to the applicant.
5. Consideration of application. (1) The Authority shall consider the application having regard to all the circumstances which appear to it to be relevant, and in particular, but not so as to limit the generality of the foregoing, to:
(a) The public and national interest; and
(b) The financial and technical competence of the applicant.
(2) The Authority may require such changes and alternation in the plants and in the details to be made, as it may deem expedient.
(3) A licensee shall be bound \by the provisions contained in these rules and such other terms and conditions as may be specified in the license.
6. Authority may grant or refuse license. (1) The Authority may grant a licence for the compression of natural gas for the purpose of storing, filling or distribution of CNG in accordance with these rules and may specify in the licence such terms and conditions as it may think fit to impose on the licensee or it may refuse to grant the license:
Provided that any person or corporation who or which was engaged, immediately before the commencement of these rules and with the approval of the Federal Government, in the compression of natural gas for the purpose of storing, filling or distribution of CNG or, in whose favor sanction for compression of natural gas for the purpose of storage, filling or distribution of CNG was issued by the Federal Government before such commencement shall be granted a licence, if such person or corporation makes an application in the form annexed to these rules for the purpose within three months from the commencement of these rules.
(2) In case of refusal to grant a licence, an appeal shall lie from the decision of the Authority to the Federal Government.
7. Period of Licence– (1) A licence granted under these Rules shall be initially valid for a period of up to two years during which period the licensee shall execute the works in pursuance of rule 10. On completion of works, satisfactory to the Authority, the period of licence shall be extended up to a maximum period of fifteen years.
(2) On the expiry of the licence granted under these rules, a licence, unless earlier revoked under rule 8, may be renewed from time to time for a period of 5 years each time on payment of a fee of twenty five thousand rupees.
(3) Every licensee desiring to have his licence renewed shall make an application in that behalf to the Authority not less than three months before the expiry of the period for which the licence is valid.
(4) No application for a renewal of a licence shall be refused unless the licensee has been given an opportunity of being heard.
(5) In case of refusal to renew a licence an appeal shall lie from the decision of the Authority to the Federal Government.
8. Revocation or amendment of licences. -(1) The Authority may, if in its opinion the public interest so requires, revoke a license in any of the following cases, namely:
(a) Where the licensee, in the opinion of the Authority makes willful and unreasonably prolonged default in doing any thing required of him under the licence granted to him or by these rules and has been informed in writing to that effect by the Authority.
(b) Where the licensee violates any of the terms and conditions of his license and is so informed in writing and does not rectify the violation within the time specified,
(c) Where the licensee is, in the opinion of the authority, unable by reason of his insolvency fully and efficiently to discharge the duties and obligations imposed on him by his licence.
(2) Where, in the opinion of the Authority, the public and national interest so require the Authority may, instead of revoking a licence under sub-rule (1), permit it to remain in force in relation to the whole or any part of the area of operation with such alteration or amendments in the terms and conditions of the licence as it thinks fit to make or upon such new terms and conditions as it may impose upon the licensee.
(3) In case of revocation of a license or any alternation or amendment in the term and conditions thereof, an appeal shall lie from the decision of the Authority to the Federal Government.
9. Licensee not to sell, assign, transfer, convey or lease his license or works.―
No licensee shall, without the previous approval in writing of the Authority,
(a) Sell, assign, transfer, convey or lease his license or his works or any interest therein in whole or in part;
(b) Enter into any agreement or contract for –
(i) the amalgamation of his works with those of any other person or corporation; or
(ii) the operation of his works by any other person or corporation;
(c) Mortgage or otherwise create a charge upon the works or any interest therein.
10. Execution of works after commencement of licence.― (1) The licensee, after the commencement of the licence, shall execute to the satisfaction of the Authority his works in accordance with the code of practice, appended to these rules, within a period of two years or; such further period as the Authority may allow under special circumstances proved by the licensee to be beyond his control.
(2) The Authority shall appoint third party inspector or inspectors for the purpose of verification of works of the licensee in pursuance of sub rule (1) of rule 10 hereof and the licensee shall pay to such third party inspector or inspectors a reasonable fee, as determined by the Authority from time to time, for the purpose of such inspection or inspections.
1 Addition to or extension of the works.― A licensee shall not make any alternation in, addition to, or extension of, his works as given in his plan and approved by the Authority, unless such alteration, addition or extension is authorized by the Authority.
2 Right to discontinue supply.― A licensee may temporarily discontinue supply of CNG when such discontinuance becomes necessary for the maintenance of works.