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SNPGL approves new pipeline in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNPGL) has approved construction of a new pipeline costing around $1 billion to transport regasified liquefied natural gas volumes from the port city of Karachi to Lahore, writes Amanda Battersby.

The government plans to import an additional 1.2 billion cubic feet per day of LNG through future facilities and this pipeline forms part of that ambitious plan.

The pipeline is intended to be constructed in two phases — a 780-kilometre 42-inch diameter pipeline from Sawan to near Lahore and a 130-kilometre, 36-inch pipeline to tie into the existing gas transmission network.

SNGPL said the pipeline project is due for completion in October next year.

Pakistan began importing LNG two years ago via Engro Elengy’s floating storage and regasification unit at Port Qasim, near Karachi.

Future LNG import projects include that of Pakistan GasPort, which has a deal with BW Offshore to supply a newbuild FSRU under a 15-year charter. 

This unit was recently completed by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea.

Meanwhile, Global Energy Infrastructure (GEIL) of Turkey has a 20-year contract with Norway’s Hoegh LNG that will see another FSRU deployed at Port Qasim.

US supermajor ExxonMobil, France’s Total, state-owned Qatar Petroleum and Mitsubishi of Japan are collaborating with GEIL and Hoegh on this LNG import project.

The FSRU, which will have a minimum regasification capacity of 750 million cubic feet per day of gas by 2018, is under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea.