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  • China to build two RLNG terminals at Gwadar
    08-Nov-2016

    ISLAMABAD: In a major development, Pakistan has managed to get the two RLNG terminals deal at Gwadar done with China. With the change of the mode from built, own, operate and transfer (Boot) to engineering procurement construction-financing (EPC-F), the country will be exposed to a mammoth saving of one billion dollars in 25 years just in the head of tolling fee.   The RLNG terminals w ...
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  • TAPI gas pipeline consortium plans roadshows in November
    15-Oct-2016

    ISLAMABAD: A long-delayed pipeline project from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan is in the final stages of financing, and investor roadshows are due to be held next month, a Pakistani official involved in the project said on Friday.   Originating at the giant Galkynysh gas field in Turkmenistan, the $10 billion TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) pipe ...
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  • TAPI gas pipeline consortium plans investor roadshows in November
    14-Oct-2016

    A long-delayed pipeline project from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan is in the final stages of financing, and investor roadshows are due to be held next month, a Pakistani official said on Friday.   Head of Pakistan's state-owned Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS) Mobin Saulat told Reuters there was “significant progress” with the TAPI project and that in ...
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  • Management consultants for TAPI being shortlisted today
    27-Aug-2016

    Islamabad - The partner countries of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project are meeting today (Saturday) in United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is also the main office of project, to shortlist the companies for the project management consultants, it was learnt reliably here.   The Interstate Gas System (ISGS) has received offer for the execution of Afghanistan po ...
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  • Pakistani gas company set to emerge as key player on world energy map
    14-Aug-2016

    ISLAMABAD: Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS), a company established by the government to work on gas import projects, is striving to secure energy resources to make Pakistan self-sufficient and it is expected to emerge as a key player on the world’s energy map after regional pipeline projects are executed. Pakistan is eyeing gas imports from countries holding vast deposits and has en ...
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UNDER GROUND STORAGE (UGS)

Transportation of natural gas through high pressure pipelines can be interrupted for various reasons; causing huge losses of production in the downstream industry. Underground storage of gas provides the short term standby reserves to mitigate such risks of interruption in supplies until the main stream supplies are restoredor to meet fluctuations in demand such as winter peak slaving. UGS projects have been implemented as a viable alternative for the continuity of gas supply across the globe; especially USA, UK, Germany, Russia and Turkey have developed huge UGS facilities by deploying depleted gas fields, salt caverns and aquifers. Keeping in view the upcoming natural gas import projects including IPI and TAPI, ISGS is planning to develop and implement this project parallel with the commissioning of these pipeline projects to ensure the uninterrupted supply of natural gas.

Background

An Asian Development Bank (ADB) Mission visited Pakistan during September 2003, for providing Technical Assistance (TA) for undertaking a feasibility study in selecting and developing underground gas storage system. The purpose of the study was to identify suitable underground reservoirs in Pakistan that could be used to store natural gas for: (i) meeting seasonal gas demand fluctuations; and (ii) Strategic Underground Gas Storage (SUGS), for emergency supply into the proposed gas import pipelines.

A Feasibility Study on the development of underground gas storages was undertaken by SOFREGAZ, France in 2004.. The Consultant has extensively studied a number of potential reservoir sites including depleted gas fields and prepared a short-list of potential storage reservoirs and estimating the capital & operating costs and time lines to ready these reservoirs as strategic gas storages.

The Consultant submitted the Final Report in November 2007 and recommended two potential sites of Khorewah and Bokhari in the Badin Block in Sindh Province for conversion into gas storages, and has also proposed various options for the project structure, financing and revenue generation from these gas storage projects.

Status Of Agreement

With the recent signing of TAPI, LNG deal with Qatar, there is renewed momentum by the Government towards exploring various opportunities under Under Ground Gas storage programme. The Government of Pakistan is actively pursuing UGS options and work towards that milestone is very much in progress. .