Pakistan-Russia signs amendments to IGA on north-south gas pipeline

By Monitoring Desk
Sunday – May 30, 2021
MOSCOW (Russia): Russian energy minister (EM) Nikolai Shulginov and Pakistani ambassador, to Russia, Shafqkat Ali Khan signed the protocol, on Friday, on amendments to the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) on cooperation in the implementation of the north-south gas pipeline construction project dated October 16, 2015.

According to a press release, a gas pipeline with a length of over 1.1 thousand kilometres (km) and a throughput capacity of up to 12.3 billion cubic meters per year will connect terminals for receiving liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the ports of Karachi and Gwadar in the south of Pakistan with power plants and industrial consumers of gas in the Kasur district in Punjab.

“The construction of the Pakistan stream gas pipeline remains the flagship project of bilateral cooperation between Russia and Pakistan in the energy sector; both countries attach the highest priority to the project.

“The relevant departments of our countries have done a lot of work on the preparation of this protocol, its signing will allow our companies to begin practical implementation of the project in the very near future, thereby helping the Pakistani side to strengthen its own energy security and increase the use of natural gas as an environmentally friendly source of energy,” Russian EM Shulginov said.