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Pakistan

Web Desk
January 7, 2020

Govt denies permission to Russian firm for Lahore-Karachi gas pipeline

Pakistan

Web Desk
Tue, Jan 07, 2020
The News/File 

KARACHI: The federal Law Ministry  revoked permission  to Russian firm TMK for the Lahore-Karachi gas pipeline, on Tuesday.

TMK, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry, was denied clearance by the ministry as the name of its chief, Dmitry Pumpyansky, was placed on the US sanctions watchlist.

On request of the petroleum division, the Russian government has provided a consortium consisting of two new companies who will now take part in the pipeline.

LLC Eurasian Pipeline and Federal State Unitary Enterprise are part of the new Russian consortium. The government is expected to sign a deal for the pipeline with the companies in April 2020.

The 1122 km-long gas pipeline from Karachi to Lahore will cost an estimated $2bn.

Also read: TAPI gas pipeline meeting to be held in Turkmenistan today

The existing gas infrastructure of Pakistan lacks capacity to transport additional large volume of gas supplies from southern to northern regions of the country. Therefore, keeping in view the expected additional gas supplies in near future, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has planned to undertake the laying of gas pipeline from Karachi to Lahore under the title “North-South Gas Pipeline Project”.

The ECC in its meeting held on January 10, 2015 approved the North-South Gas Pipeline Project under government-to-government arrangement. The proposed N-S pipeline will be laid down with diameter of 42 inch will have the capacity to evacuate 1.2 bcfd gas.