Sui-Kashmore Road

Sui is Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL)’s oldest and largest gas field. Besides developing infrastructure for its own use, the company has also invested heavily in developing the area. Interventions include construction of roads, walkways, potable water supply schemes, a shopping centre and cinema in addition to schools, hospitals, training centres and dispensaries.

Among these, the construction of the Sui-Kashmore Road, that serves an arterial function as the entrance to Sui and Dera Bugti District, ranks as a major development effort, ushering in significant economic development in the district.

Back in 1952, the only route from Sui to Kashmore lay across a 50-kilometre kacha or dirt track which was initially metalled by PPL in 1983 with the help of National Logistics Cell.

In 2008, PPL embarked on a massive renovation project, widening the road to accommodate two-way traffic and repairing and constructing culverts to enhance protection from floods.

In addition to facilitating travel, the Sui-Kashmore Road has enabled those living in Sui and Dera Bugti District to access medical and other facilities easily.

New Water Supply Scheme for Sui Town

PPL has been supplying clean water to Sui town since the launch of its operations in the area.
Using a modern water-pumping station installed near Kashmore, about two million gallons of potable water is pumped daily to Sui and distributed through a 170-kilometers network to 40,000 beneficiaries free of charge.

However, due to distribution losses from supply lines laid by PPL, end-users in Sui town were increasingly dependent on bowzers to fulfil daily water requirements.

In order to develop an efficient water supply and distribution system for local residents, PPL and Government of Balochistan (GoB) developed a project to lay new water supply and distribution system for Sui town. As a key stakeholder, GoB is implementing the project with major financial input.

Through an investment of over one-third of the cost of the project, PPL has sponsored construction of the trunk line, four overhead water storage tanks with a total capacity of 120,000 gallons, two pump-houses with pumping machinery and repair of two existing water storage tanks along with an independent electrification system for operating the pumping station.

The new water supply scheme is expected to be complete in 2012.

Ghaibi Dero Potable Water Supply Scheme

With a population of about 2000, Ghaibi Dero is among the oldest villages in Sindh in Kambar-Shadadkot District near Larkana. The village is at a distance of four kilometers from Mazarani Gas Field.

The residents of Ghaibi Dero faced acute shortage of potable water, necessitating long-distance travel, particularly for women, to fulfil essential daily requirements. This was compounded by an alarming frequency of waterborne disease among the locals.

In 2005, PPL initiated water supply for local communities in collaboration with the district government and began supplying water from public tube wells, located approximately 20 kilometres away, through a pipeline to a water storage tank. However, the water source became polluted and was no longer fit for drinking.

To address the problem, the company initiated a water supply scheme in 2010 using bowzers and built two new water tanks in the centre of the village for the use of local residents. The tanks get supply from Warah Canal, a safe water source located approximately 22 kilometres from Ghaibi Dero, through a regular water bowzer service with a capacity to carry nearly 13,000 litres of water. Staff is employed by the company to operate the facility as the bowzer takes at least three rounds in a day and supplies water to the residents of Ghaibi Dero and adjacent villages.

The new arrangement has saved travel time and improved the health profile of the local community.

SOS Children’s Villages

The SOS Children’s Village Association, founded back in 1949 in Austria, was developed to provide long-term care for children who are orphaned, displaced or can no longer live with their families.

To promote healthy living environments, SOS villages employ warden mothers, who are responsible for taking care of children. Moreover, various facilities such as hostels, schools, mosques, playgrounds and vocational training centres are provided for the development of children. Formal education in many SOS villages around the world is provided using the Hermann Gmeiner Schooling System, starting from kindergarten to secondary school.

In Pakistan, the first SOS Village was developed in 1977 followed by a youth facility in 1986 in Lahore. Presently, there are nine SOS villages with family homes and youth hostels in various cities together with two more expected to become operational soon.

PPL has funded the construction of two SOS villages in Quetta and Jamshoro.

The youth hostel of the SOS Children’s Village of Balochistan, situated in Quetta was constructed with PPL’s support and has been in use since early 2009. The land for the village is provided by GoB.

The hostel comprise four family houses with five rooms each that can accommodate about 50 children, a common area, including a computer room, TV lounge and library, administrative offices and playground. Besides, PPL has also provided funding for building a mosque at the SOS facility.    

With a covered area of approximately 50,000 sq. ft., SOS Children’s Village, Jamshoro was constructed on land donated by the University of Sindh, Jamshoro, about 15 km away from Hyderabad. The facility consists of 15 family homes, five staff residences, administrative block, library and computer center, play area, auditorium, mosque, clinic, workshop, store, shop and a community centre, catering to about 150 children.

PPL has funded the construction of the facility along with other local and international donors. SOS Village, Jamshoro is expected to be operational in 2012.

Kamber-Ghaibi Dero Road

To facilitate company staff and local communities in District Kamber-Shahdadkot, PPL constructed a 17-km long road from Mazarani Gas Field to Ali Hyder Mirjat Mile village, passing through Ghaibi Dero, the centre of PPL’s CSR initiatives in the district in 2005. The road is maintained by PPL.

As part of the calamity-hit area during 2010 Floods, the road was damaged and became inaccessible, following which the company repaired and reopened the road in a record time of one week. 

Dadhar Auditorium & Public Library

When PPL initiated its exploration activities in Dadhar, needs assessment were carried out for initiating community development projects that could meet local expectations as well as benefit communities on a long-term basis.

Building an auditorium and library was identified as the key to facilitate the district government and communities in organizing events such as seminars, workshops and trainings and promoting a reading culture in Dadhar.

Based on these findings, PPL funded the construction of an auditorium and public library with a covered area of 5,500 sq. ft on the land provided by District Government, Kachhi (Bolan). The company also provided necessary furniture, equipment, computers and books.

Due to its central location and seating capacity of approximately 200 people, the auditorium and library can be used for large gatherings, bringing together participants and facilitators from other districts such as Sibi, Jhal Magsi, Nasirabad and Jaffarabad. The auditorium and library is operated and managed by the district government.

PPL has also built a similar facility in Kamber, Kalat and Tando Allahyar.

Mother and Childcare Centre, Kandhkot

Like other areas in interior Sindh, Kandhkot lacks adequate quality healthcare facilities, particularly for women. As a result, women who are unable to afford treatment at distant healthcare facilities, tend to suffer from ailments which can otherwise be treated successfully.

Since commencement of its commercial operations in Kandhkot during the mid 1980s PPL has supported initiatives to improve healthcare for local communities, especially women, in the area. To this end, PPL established a Mother and Childcare Centre (MCH) at Kandhkot in 1991. Due to growing need to accommodate more patients at MCH, an additional room was constructed in 1995.

Later, in 2006, District Government Kashmore decided to expand the facility due to increasing patient traffic from Kandhkot town and adjacent areas and requested PPL for support. As part of MCH’s extension, the company has constructed a new ward, operation theatre and recovery room.

Haibat Bridge, Kandhkot

PPL’s exploration and drilling sites in Sindh are spread over a vast area mostly accessible by link roads and bridges. Often, the company builds and maintains its own infrastructure including roads, culverts and bridges to not only ease its operations but also facilitate local communities for transportation and carrying agricultural and other goods to market. Besides, the company also repairs and maintains existing infrastructure build by the government.

To this end, the company designed and constructed Haibat Bridge over Beegari Sindh (BS) Feeder Canal. The 100-meter long bridge is complete and will provide the shortest route for locals residing near the right bank of the Indus River to the Indus Highway and main Kandhkot city, a commercial hub and district headquarter, gradually encouraging socio-economic growth.government.

Auditorium at Government Girls High School, Dhong

Located close to Adhi Field, Government Girls High School (GGHS), Dhong has periodically received PPL’s support. During 1994 and 1995, the company constructed classrooms and later provided books for the school.

In 2009, the school management and local area councillor requested PPL to build a multipurpose hall as GGHS, lacked a facility to cater to large gatherings. The company constructed an auditorium hall with a covered area of over 1,700 sq. ft to accommodate about 120 people. 

The auditorium was handed over to the school management through the local Education Department in April 2010.The facility is currently being used for school events and as an examination and computer centre.

Government Girls High School, Barkhan

As part of the company’s commitment to enhance well-being of local communities, key projects are initiated in the company’s exploration blocks so that they can also mature with further developments in the area. Coincident with initiation of its operational activities in Barkhan, PPL’s community development team also surveyed the area to identify development gaps and propose potential projects accordingly.

Located in the remote area of Barkhan town, Government Girls High School (GGHS), the only school for girls in Barkhan, was identified as a prospective beneficiary. When PPL staff visited the school in 2007, it had an enrolment of 500 students with only five functional classrooms. The remaining classrooms were declared unfit for use. 

The company has not only renovated five classrooms and the water supply and sewerage system at GGHS but also built two additional classrooms and an auditorium.

The auditorium, which can accommodate 120 people, is used for school-based events, including workshops and examination as well as the local administration for district-level events.

Due to PPL’s interventions, the enrollment has increased to over 1,000 students.As part of the company’s the enrollment has increased to over 1,000 students.

Maternal and Child Healthcare Centre, Hala

For provision of effective maternal and child healthcare services to local communities in Hala, District Matiari, a separate obstetrics and gynaecology centre was established by PPL at Taluqa Hospital, Matiari.

When PPL started its CSR initiatives for local communities near Hala Block, development of a well-equipped mother and child healthcare centre emerged as a major requirement. Responding to the need, the company worked with the Matiari district government to construct and furnish the requisite facility at Taluka Hospital, Matiari on land provided by the hospital.

The Department of Health, District Matiari is responsible for operations and management of the facility which comprises a 14-bed ward, clinic, operation room and store.

As a result of the services extended by mother and child healthcare centre, Hala, the rate of referrals and incidence of natal and post-natal complications, rubella and other related diseases have decreased among local women.