ISLAMABAD - Challenges relating to shipping of delicate cargo such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) at Port Qasim will be discussed at a crucial meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping here today.

“It is going to be important to discuss at length the shipment of sensitive cargo such as LNG at Port Qasim on regular basis and challenges relating to it,” sources in the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) told The Nation on Sunday. The sources said that first shipping of 147,000 cubic feet of LNG had arrived in February last was successfully handled at the Karachi anchorage in a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU).

The FSRU, after going through clearance, docked at Engro Corporation’s Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (ETPL), where the cargo will undergo ‘regasification’ before being injected into the Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd (SSGCL) network.

The SSGCL is then required to transfer it to the SNGPL at the Zamzama-Sawan gas establishment.

The LNG was initially provided to four Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in Punjab, including Kot Addu Power Company (Kapco). In the second phase of the operation, fuel will be used for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and in the third, it will be supplied to the fertilizer sector.

Subsequent shipments of LNG will be transported in Qatargas’ Q-Flex carrier.

Confusion persists over the liquefied natural gas (LNG) deal with Qatar as the government has not yet disclosed the per MMBTU price of gas.