Karachi to have Floating LNG Terminal

Considering the energy crisis the country is going through, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has issued a No Objection Certificate for the establishment of a floating Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at Port Qasim.

The NOC has been issued to the Associated Group, which will invest almost USD 340 million in the project.

LNG is essentially the same as the Natural Gas we currently use. It is fairly low cost as compared to LPG and petrol. It can be pumped through our standard gas lines for supply to power plants, fertilizer units and even CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) pumps, cutting down the impact of the rising natural gas and CNG prices.

The strategy is to help meet immediate national needs, hence the establishment of a floating terminal. A dedicated, fixed terminal can cost a lot more, not to mention take over 3-4 years in planning and construction processes. The floating terminal can be fully functional in under 12 months.

The floating terminal is essentially a huge ship that wil be equipped to offload the cargo of other LNG tankers, store it, and re-pump it through supply lines that the SSGC will set up for this process.

5 Comments so far

  1. eluXion (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    first, the ethanol blended petrol, now this… i say its good that things are being done to reduce some of the burden from the consumers…

    let’s hope others follow the lead in making more cost effective solutions for everyday living, yet not compromising on quality at all…


  2. SWA (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    Brilliant!

    Lets hope the govt. keeps making good and sound economic decisions and keep taking Pakistan to new heights.


  3. Zag (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

    Are you sure it can be pumped through our standard gas lines??? I searched Wikipedia and found this:

    “LNG is transported by specially designed cryogenic sea vessels and cryogenic road tankers; and stored in specially designed tanks.”

    “LNG offers an energy density comparable to petrol and diesel fuels and produces less pollution, but its relatively high cost of production and the need to store it in expensive cryogenic tanks have prevented its widespread use in commercial applications.”


  4. SWA (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    LNG can be easily converted back into proper natural gas to be pumped through standard infrastructure.


  5. sheysrebellion (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

    Is it me, or are Karachites dramatizing everything?



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