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Oil regulator wants safety board in its fold

business Updated: Sep 16, 2007 23:19 IST
Deepak Joshi
Deepak Joshi
Hindustan Times
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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has sought the intervention of Petroleum Minister Murli Deora to bring the Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD) under the regulator. The move follows the refusal of the petroleum ministry to permit the transfer of the directorate without assigning a specific reason.

The regulator has contended that the transfer of the OISD was essential, since it was mandated to lay down “by regulations the technical standards and specifications, including safety standards in any activity relating to petroleum, petroleum products and natural gas.”

PNGRB Chairman L Mansingh has stated in a communication: “It is important that there is a technical arm of the PNGRB engaged in these activities on a regular basis, since this task does not end with notification of standards and specifications. It is an on going process where standards and specifications are reviewed at specified intervals and new standards and specifications are introduced to keep pace with technology advances.

It is also important for ensuring compliance through third-party conformity assessment and inspections of entities, facilities and processes at regular intervals.” This was importance for ensuring efficiencies and high productivity levels benefiting the entire economy and ensuring highest levels of safety in the entire sector, he added.

The PNGRB chairman pointed that the petroleum ministry had initially proposed the setting up of an oil and gas authority as it was envisaged that the regulatory board would lay down standards and specifications, based on the advise of the oil and gas authority.