First shipment of LNG to be injected in system by Mar, 31

ISLAMABAD: In a landmark step by the government in the energy sector, the first ever shipment of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) would be injected in the system by March, 31.

A senior official in the ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources told APP here on Wednesday that this year 200 mmcfd (million cubic feet per day) LNG would be imported as per the agreement with Qatar while expanding its ambit later on the import would be increased to 400 mmcfd.

The LNG would be initially provided to four independent power producers (IPPs) and Kot Addu Power Company (Kapco).

In the second phase of the operation, fuel will be used for compressed natural gas (CNG) and in the third, it will be supplied to the fertilizer sector.

Responding to a question, he said with the import of LNG, there would be decrease in load shedding as initially it would be used to overcome electricity shortage.

Terming it a milestone in the history of the country, he said that introduction of LNG  would bring considerable development in every energy related fields.

Giving details, the official said that initially it would be used for producing electricity but later on it would also help out in overcoming CNG shortage for transportation.

He made it clear that the shortage of natural gas is evident from the fact that not even a single gas connection has been provided to industrial sector since 2011 adding that however domestic gas connections were being given on priority.