ISLAMABAD - Owing to the bad law and order situation in Quetta, Shell Pakistan Limited (SPL) has closed down its depot, which meant to meet entire demands of petrol and diesel for Balochistan province.

Well-placed sources in Petroleum Ministry told TheNation that Shell Pakistan Limited has written a letter to the ministry informing the closure of its Quetta based petrol and diesel depot due to growing serious security threats in the province.

Earlier, the unidentified abductors managed to kidnap GM of Shell Pakistan Limited. Rest of the company staff, even tanker’s driver, are now a day facing life threats from miscreants besides kidnapping. 

Quetta depot of Shell Pakistan Limited has a storage capacity of one thousand litres of diesel and 150 tons of petrol to meet the needs of entire province as both products were being supplied from this depot to meet the demands of company’s petrol pumps.

Shell Pakistan Limited spokesman when contacted admitted that the company has closed its depot and through a letter to the ministry informed the closure of its Quetta depot. He said, “we had informed the ministry that until and unless the law and order situation improves, we will not functional our Quetta depot.”

There are 12 petrol pumps of the company located in different areas of the province. However, the company is trying its level best to ensure the supply of petrol and diesel to Shell petrol pumps located in Balochistan province from Karachi, shikarpur and Mehmoodkot depots.