Sui Southern Gas in $1.4 billion deal with Engro Vopak
The Pakistan midstream Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) is in final talks with the joint venture Engro Vopak Terminal Limited (EVTL) to build and operate a large greenfield liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Port Qasim near Karachi in Pakistan.
In parallel the Pakistan Government undertook an official visit in Qatar last week, in order to finalize the terms and conditions of a commercial agreement between the two countries for the supply of LNG from Qatar to Pakistan.
This Pakistan LNG project has been standing still on the drawing board for many years but the increase of gas consumption in the domestic market and the cold weather conditions of this winter have generate number of gas supply shortages these last months.
According to fast growing gap between the gas supply and demand the initial project to revamp and upgrade the existing Progas LNG facilities has been shelved at the benefice of the greenfield Port Qasim LNG Import Terminal project.
Based in Karachi, the Sui Southern Gas Company is 70% owned by the Pakistan Government and operates on the midstream sector to supply Karachi with natural gas gathered from Sui in Balochistan an transported through a network of 3,220 kilometers of high pressure pipelines.
Established in 1997, Engro Vopak Terminal (EVLT) is a joint venture between the Pakistan conglomerate Engro Corporation Limited (Engro) and the Netherlands-based Royal Vopak (Vopak) company operating one of the world largest installed base of hydrocarbon products storage facilities.
Pakistan LNG Terminal first phase to go fast track
This Port Qasim Terminal has already been subject to expansions so that it counts today 21 tanks with a capacity of 82,400 cubic meters.
After securing the gas supply from Qatar for a 20 years long term contract, Pakistan is willing to move on fast track to add the Pakistan LNG Import Terminal project along the existing Engro Vopak Port Qasim jetty and storage facilities.
This Pakistan LNG Terminal should require $1.4 billion capital expenditure.
The agreement between Qatar and Pakistan concerns the supply of 3.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) of LNG.
This Pakistan LNG first phase should be designed and executed on fast track as the first deliveries are expected in 2015.