Pakistan ordered a subsidiary of to pay $2.4 million for tanker blast

Vastavam web: Pakistan’s oil and gas regulator on Friday ordered a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to pay about 257 million rupees ($2.4 million) in damages and compensation for a tanker explosion that killed more than 200 people last month.The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has held Shell Pakistan Ltd (SPL) responsible for the blast in Punjab province on June 25 after the tanker carrying gasoline for the company rolled over, and villagers rushed to collect leaking fuel.”The report shows that they have completely ignored the safety standards of the vehicles procured from the contractors,” OGRA spokesman Imran Ghaznavi told Reuters, referring to Shell Pakistan.

The company earlier issued a statement saying: “Road safety is a priority at Shell. Our transport vehicles undergo regular maintenance and checks to ensure road worthiness.”In addition, the regulator ordered the company to pay one million rupees ($9,478) in compensation to the families of each of those killed and half a million ($52,750) for each person injured.The OGRA sent a letter to the company on Monday asking for a detailed report on the accident but the authority had not got a reply, Ghaznavi said.