Pak daily urges govt to complete IP gas pipeline

Islamabad, Jan 12, IRNA -- A Pakistani English news daily has advised the government to expedite Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project to overcome Pakistan’s energy crisis.

‘Daily Times’ in editorial comments said that completion of the IP gas pipeline project would be a curative approach by the government at the moment.

It said the recent gas shortfall has been hitting consumers – both domestic and commercial – and industry of Punjab and Sindh provinces hard since December last.

“Pakistan, a gas-starved country, is bound to suffer a gas shortfall in winters because of a huge demand and supply gap,” the paper noted.

The IP gas pipeline is considered to be the easiest and most feasible route for importing natural gas to Pakistan.

The groundbreaking of the pipeline project was performed in March 2013. While Iran has since then laid its side of the pipeline, Pakistan is yet to begin work on its side.

The project was to be completed by December 2014 and come on stream from January 1, 2015. Under the penalty clause it was agreed by both sides that if Pakistan fails to have intake of Iranian gas from January 1, 2015, it will have to pay $1 million per day as penalty.

The demand for gas has increased in Pakistan’s domestic sector with the change in weather. Already facing power shortage, the masses are forced to rely on alternate sources of gas.

Earlier, Pakistan’s Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan talking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) had said the IP is a very significant energy project and its completion would end energy crisis in Pakistan.

He added that Pakistan wants to implement the gas pipeline agreement between the two brotherly countries.

Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan had once said that Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline can play a vital role in fulfilling Pakistan’s energy requirements.
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