LNG import vital to bridge demand, supply gap: ministry

LNG import vital to bridge demand, supply gap: ministry

The smooth import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is vital to bridge the ever-increasing gap between

demand and supply of natural gas as the country’s current total gas production stands at four billion

cubic feet per day (bcfd) against the demand of eight bcfd of the commodity, official sources in the

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources said on Thursday.

“Pakistan is facing a huge gap between demand and supply of energy,” they said, adding that

currently it was short of 4 bcfd gas to meet requirements of domestic, commercial and industrial

consumers besides power generation units.

Highlighting importance of LNG, they said it was the essential part of the energy mix needs of

emerging economies. “The world is turning towards LNG and emerging economies such as China,

Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, Indonesia, European Union and Brazil to ensure LNG remain part of its

energy mix,” they added.

The sources said that Japan was importing almost 80 million tonnes of LNG every year (MTPA) and

India 15 MTPA due to the commodity’s cheap price and efficiency as compared to other fuels.

Pakistan, they said, recently signed a 15-year agreement with Qatar to import up to 3.75 million

tonnes of LNG a year which significantly improved gas supply to consumers.

Justifying the LNG import deal, they said that in Pakistan natural gas accounted for 35 per cent of all

power generation, 23.8 per cent of industrial use, 15.6 per cent fertiliser, 5.4 per cent compressed

natural gas, and 18.1 per cent of the household use. The current gas shortfall is of four bcfd or

almost 50 per cent of the total gas demand.

The LNG would help the country add about 2,000 megawatts of gas-fired power generating capacity

and improve production from fertiliser plants, added the sources.

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