In the Pipe­line

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

the $45 bil­lion worth of agree­ments signed by Pak­istan and China, there is one which will help Pak­istan to build a multi­bil­lion- dol­lar LNG pipe­line and ter­mi­nal. The pipe­line will work as an al­ter­na­tive to the trou­bled gas im­port project with Iran as it will be ex­tended to the Gulf state once in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions are lifted. The agree­ment, a state-to-state deal, was re­port­edly signed dur­ing Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif’s visit to China. Ini­tial es­ti­mates sug­gest that the project will cost around $3 bil­lion. China will meet 85 per­cent of the fi­nanc­ing needs enough fis­sile ma­te­rial for be­tween 90 and 110 nu­clear weapons. for con­struct­ing the LNG pipe­line from the Gwadar Port to Nawab­shah. Its ca­pac­ity will be one bil­lion cu­bic feet per day.

This will be the sec­ond LNG ter­mi­nal in Pak­istan as another ter­mi­nal is be­ing built at the Port Qasim, which is likely to be com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary 2015. The ter­mi­nal planned at Gwadar will have the ca­pac­ity to han­dle 690 mm­cfd of LNG. After re-gasi­fi­ca­tion, the LNG will be trans­ported from Gwadar to Nawab­shah, from where it will be in­jected into the na­tional gas net­work.

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