Pakistan set for second LNG shipment
Energy-hungry Pakistan, which recently joined the club of LNG importing nations, is about to receive its second shipment of liquefied natural gas.
Excelerate Energy’s 150,900 cbm FSRU Exquisite, chartered by Engro Elengy, departed from Pakistan’s first LNG import terminal at Port of Qasim to Qatar on Saturday.
It will load a cargo of the chilled gas at Qatar’s Port of Ras Laffan and head back to Pakistan, Sheikh Imran-ul-Haque, Chief Executive Officer of Engro Elengy, told LNG World News in an emailed statement.
The FSRU is currently docked at the Port of Ras Laffan, shipping data reveals.
Engro Elengy is operating Pakistan’s first LNG import terminal with a capacity for regasification of up to 4.5 million tons of LNG per year.
Pakistan, which heavily relies on imports of conventional fuels to fire its power stations, received first gas from the LNG facility at the end of March.
Using gas as fuel results in lower cost of generation and is “much more environmentally friendly when compared to heavy oil or coal,” Haque said in an interview in March.
Pakistan’s first LNG cargo was sold by world’s largest producer Qatargas on a free-on-board basis, the company said in a statement recently.
This was the first LNG agreement between Qatar and Pakistan, and the first ever LNG import deal for any entity in Pakistan.
LNG World News Staff; Image: Qatargas