Energy-hungry Pakistan has become the newest member of global LNG importing nations with the arrival of the first tanker carrying a cargo of the chilled fuel.
Excelerate Energy’s 150,900 cbm FSRU Exquisite, which is chartered by Engro Elengy, arrived at Pakistan’s first LNG import terminal at Port of Qasim on Thursday. It sailed from the Ras Laffan Port in Qatar.
“At 20:40h yesterday ( March 27), we commenced discharging the gas into the grid after regasification,” Sheikh Imran-ul-Haque, Chief Executive Officer of Engro Elengy told LNG World News in an emailed statement.
The fuel is supplied to the state-owned Sui Southern Gas Company’s gas distribution network via a new high-pressure pipeline.
Pakistan’s first LNG import terminal, operated by Engro Elengy, has the capacity for regasification of up to 4.5 million tons of LNG per year.
Pakistan heavily relies on imports of conventional fuels to fire its power stations. “LNG is much more environmentally friendly when compared to heavy oil or coal. In addition, it will be used to generate power instead of the expensive oils and will result in lower cost of generation,” Sheikh Imran-ul-Haque said earlier this week.
LNG World News Staff; Image: Excelerate Energy