Islamabad: The government has asked the Ministry of Maritime Affairs to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of shifting existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in the wake of reports that the stations pose health risks as they were set up without considering any feasibility study, a news source reported. The ministry will collaborate with the Petroleum Division to estimate the strengths and weaknesses of setting up new LNG terminals.
Officials of the ministry revealed during a meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) that Port Qasim Authority (PQA) Board, in two separate sessions, had proposed setting up new LNG terminals at Jhari Creek.
The ministry recommended that the existing LNG import terminals be excluded from the purview of Pakistan LNG Terminals Limited (PLTL) as the ministry will itself perform this function by collaborating with port authorities.
It also said that a feasibility report should be carried out by a third party, adding that the ministry together with the PQA should be allowed to identify locations for LNG terminals.