Pakistan might save $3 billion via 10-year LNG import contract with Qatar

The Federal Minister for Energy, Omar Ayub Khan, and the Qatari Energy Minister, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, signed the agreement at the Prime Minister's Office in Islamabad.


The Prime Minister, Imran Khan, said on Friday that Pakistan would save $3 billion via a new 10-year Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import agreement with Qatar.

The incumbent government has the agreement as one of the cheapest purchase contracts in the global energy sector.


The two countries signed the agreement in Islamabad when ? under which Qatar will provide three million tons of gas to Pakistan for ten years at 10.2% of Brent crude prices.

The Federal Minister for Energy, Omar Ayub Khan, and the Qatari Energy Minister, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, signed the agreement at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad.

At the same time, the premier witnessed the signing ceremony.

The prime minister later claimed while addressing a ceremony in Lahore that Pakistan would save $300 million annually due to the new LNG import deal with Qatar.

“Pakistan will save $3 billion in ten-years time,” Khan said.


The Qatari Minister, al-Kaabi, termed the agreement with Pakistan as “historic” and expressed confidence that it would open up new development vistas. 

He said his country would also promote bilateral cooperation in other areas of mutual interest.

Earlier in 2016, Pakistan signed a $16 billion LNG import deal with Qatar until 2031 at prorate of 2.25 metric tons, while the price for each cargo was agreed at 13.37% of Brent.

Under the new agreement, the government said it would be able to import LNG during winter this year to meet the country’s growing energy demand.

“We’re upending the costly LNG contract with Qatar via a 31% new cheaper agreement,” Nadeem Babar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Petroleum, told reporters in a news conference after signing the deal.

He said that Pakistan would get LNG at a cheaper rate even compared to the spot purchase, adding that the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) would execute the import agreement.

Providing background information on the new deal, he said the government had been negotiating it with Doha for the last two years.

The prime minister had also directly spoken to the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in this connection.

“This is the cheapest agreement in the long-term LNG import deals of the world,” he said while denying rumors that the government wanted to keep the agreement a secret.

What are your views on this? Share with us in the comments below.

  • We have another area where we can save at least a billion per year.
    That is refining of crude oil.

    Government must work on this as well. We need to save each single dollar until our current account is in surplus.

  • LNG import is still expensive as local population will need dollars to pay back, use local gas for domestic residential uses . Pakistan has plenty of coal and it can be used via underground coal gasification to produce syngas which can produce electricity in gas Combined cycle plants. Alternatively Pakistanis should look for bio digesters which can produce 2 hours of gas from just kitchen waste.

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