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SIFC directs Petroleum Division to remove hurdles in Qatar’s LNG terminal investment

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  • Petroleum Division has been asked to resolve all issues so that investment from Qatar could be ensured, says official.
  • PD asked to resolve all issues to make way for Qatari investment.
  • Investment has been pending for last five years due to red-tapism.
  • Petroleum Division secretary personally trying to resolve all issues.

ISLAMABAD: The Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) has directed the Petroleum Division to remove hurdles in the $200 million Qatari investment in an LNG terminal, reported The News on Friday citing sources.

“Energas plans to establish the LNG terminal with Regas capacity of 750-1,000 MMCFD having a shareholding of 49% of Qatar Gas and 51% of Energas. To be erected on BtB model, the investment from Qatar has been stalled for the last five years due to bureaucratic red-tapism,” an official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the publication.

Qatar raised the issue during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Democratic Movement multiple times but no progress could be made on OGRA network code, tax holiday, TPA exemption, SNGPL GTA (gas transmission agreement).

“This time SIFC has taken up this issue with the intervention of top military leadership and directed the mandarins of the Petroleum Division to resolve all the issues and report back so that the investment from Qatar could be ensured.”

A senior official told the publication that following the SIFC’s intervention the Petroleum Division secretary is personally looking into the issue and trying to resolve all issues.

The Energas Terminal, which is to be operated without any government guarantee on RLNG takeoff, will have the capacity to re-gasify up to 1,000 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of LNG.

However, Qatar is not the only one interested in LNG projects. Pakistan Port Gas Limited’s LNG Terminal-2 and Tabeer LNG Terminal owned by Japan’s Mitsubishi have been in the pipeline for a long time.

The projects were supposed to become operational in 2021 on a BtB model but are yet to take off because of red tape.

“The ministry is working on the issue as the government wants more LNG terminals on BtB model,” said Energy Minister Muhammad Ali told The News.

According to Energy Ministry officials, the Petroleum Division has wasted five years to install LNG terminals. At the same time, it could not lay another RLNG pipeline from Karachi to Lahore (North-South or Pakistan Gas Stream Pipeline).

Both the PTI and PDM governments failed to develop infrastructure to support the import of RLNG. Under the existing scenario, the government has signed contracts with the existing two LNG terminals — Pakistan Gas Port Limited Terminal (PGPL) and Engro Elengy Terminal (Private) Limited (EETL) with sovereign guarantees against the import of 1.2 bcfd at the maximum.

However, if Pakistan’s wishes to import more RLNG then it would need more terminals and a pipeline.

The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) board has allocated pipeline capacity to the Energas Terminal and signed GTA, the official said. However, the approval for pipeline capacity from the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) board is still pending and consequently, the GTA could not be signed.

Furthermore, the official said incomplete documentation of the Third Party Access (TPA) associated with the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority is also causing delays. The interim pipeline capacity has become necessary due to the incomplete OGRA-TPA documents.

“The network code, which is crucial for operationalising the network, also remains incomplete, with no progress towards its finalisation.”

When contacted, the SNGPL said the ECC in its Oct 27, 2021 meeting allocated pipeline capacity to Energas on the SNGPL network.

The gas supplier added that its Board of Directors in December 2021 accorded in-principle approval for the execution of Access Agreement with Energas and it was incorrect to lay the blame on them.

The SNGPL, after BOD’s approval, shared the final draft of the Access Agreement with Energas in January, 2022 and again in August, 2022 for their signatures. The Energas, however, did not sign the document and insisted on signing the Allocation Agreement only.

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April FDI in Pakistan increased to $358.8 million, according to SBP

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The inflow for April was $358.8 million, up 177% from $132 million in April FY23. Still, that was 39% more than the $258 million from March.

China was the largest investor, with $439.3 million in FDI from the nation between July and April of FY24—the greatest amount—as opposed to $604 million during the same period of FY23. In April, China accounted for $177 million of the total investment.

With $51.93 and 51.89 million invested in Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Canada came in second and third, respectively.

The power industry was the main draw for foreign investors in FY24, which ran from July to April. This period’s FDI in the power industry was $637.5 million, compared to $776.2 million the previous year. From $338 million to $460 million this year, Hydel Power garnered more attention.

Continue reading: In FY23–24, Pakistan’s per capita income increased to $1680.

According to a separate data released on Wednesday, Pakistanis’ per capita income increased to $1680 in FY2023–2024.

The size of the national economy grew from $341 billion to $375 billion in the current fiscal year, according to figures made public by PBS.

Throughout this fiscal year, Pakistanis’ yearly per capita income increased by Rs 90,534; the monthly rise was Rs 7,544.

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OGRA forbids the purchase or sale of inferior LPG cylinders.

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The 313 LPG marketing and 19 cylinder-producing companies received notices from the OGRA, which described the act of refilling inferior LPGO cylinders as harmful.

Avoid supplying LPG to unlicensed distributors, the OGRA has cautioned LPG marketing companies. Only approved distributors will be able to sell and buy LPG going forward, per the notification, which states that new SOPs have been developed for the LPG industry.

Additionally, the warning said that the decision was made in an effort to preserve both lives and the business in response to an increase in cylinder blast occurrences.

Price reductions of Rs 20 per kilogramme for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) were implemented in Quetta on May 3.

There is a reduction of Rs 20 on LPG prices, which means that the price per kilogramme drops from Rs 280 to Rs 260.

The costs of LPG were reduced by Rs 20 per kilogramme earlier, bringing the total decrease to Rs 40 per kilogramme over a few weeks. This is something worth noticing.

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PIA announces a significant student discount.

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According to an airline spokesman, the national flag carrier has recently raised the baggage allowance to 60 kg.

Currently, PIA flies one flight per week on Sundays between Islamabad and Beijing.

The discount may be useful to students who intend to spend their summer vacations in Pakistan or who wish to return home after earning their degrees.

Before, students who wanted to visit China could now receive a 27% reduction on their fares through PIA.

On Eid ul Fitr, the national flag airline also reduced the cost of domestic flights by 20% for both economy and executive economy classes.

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