ISLAMABAD - Showing concern over recent LNG import deal, the Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Thursday said that liquefied natural gas (LNG) deal with Qatar is impracticable as Pakistan lacks necessary infrastructure to import the product to the country.

Dr Mustafa Mughal, President PEW, in a statement said that those who have signed LNG deal are unaware of the ground realities or they have signed deal for personal gains because it is impracticable as depth of water at Port Qasim and Kemari is 39 feet while the average depth of a loaded LNG carrier in the water is 45 to 48 feet. The lightest LNG ship available is that of fifty thousand tones with 42 feet draught that cannot be anchored at any Pakistani seaport. He said the government has been trying to import LNG since years during which billions were spent on studies, hiring of experts, foreign tours and road shows, disregarding the fact that no Pakistani harbor can discharge LNG cargo.

“Pakistan couldn’t import LNG unless it has deep waterways at ports; degasification facility and 50 kilometer pipeline linking degasified gas with SSGC system,” Dr Murtaza Mughal further said, adding remarks that these three projects if initiated will take two and a half years to complete at a cost of Rs 17 billion minimum.