Continuous RLNG Shortfall to Haunt Power Sector in Summer


The power area would confront a constant lack in RLNG supply from April to September 2023, with Sui Northern framework having around 750mmcfd of which it will hold 25mmcfd, with 150mmcfd saved for Sui Southern, and 125mmcfd for K-Electric.

This might drive the public authority to put a slice on RLNG supply to industry (trade and non-send out) to expand RLNG stream to the power area or use heater oil-based power plants when the interest tops in summer to over 26,000MW,” a senior authority told The News. “Neighborhood heater oil might be used in the RFO-based power plants which might cause a climb in power tax.” Pakistan is bringing in 900mmcfd RLNG. Of this, 800mmcfd is from Qatar under two GtG arrangements and one freight is under a term understanding from Italian-based LNG exchanging organization — ENI.

Since Pakistan is confronting a dollar liquidity crunch, it has not been obtaining spot LNG cargoes from the global market. LNG costs have dwindled to $12-13/MMBTU which had once stirred things up around town figure of $40/MMBTU.

At this moment, the authority said, the RLNG volume in the gas pipeline has diminished to 4.221bcfd as the imported gas stream has expanded to the power area by up to 621mmcfd. The product area is being given RLNG of 120mmcfd and nearby industry 45mmcfd.

The line pack shouldn’t go down past 3.8bcfd and increment to 5.4bcfd as the actual presence of the RLNG pipeline framework would land in the red zone regardless. The pipeline is additionally going about as RLNG stockpiling and to satisfy the need of the power area, the gas organization has sucked in 53mmcfd of RLNG from the pipeline.

According to the authority records organized from the power division, the interest for RLNG for the power area in the long stretch of April remains at 820mmcfd, while the RLNG supply will be accessible at 650mmcfd appearance a deficiency of 170mmcfd.

Similarly, the power division demands 910mmcfd for May, 930mmcfd for June, 830mmcfd for July, 780mmcfd for August, and 670mmcfd for September. Then again, RLNG supply would be at 630mmcfd for May, 530mmcfd for June, 540mmcfd for July, 560mmcfd for August and 510mmcfd for September.

“The power division will expand its attention on coal-based power age, sustainable hydro age, atomic and RLNG-based age and won’t import RFO for power age,” the authority said.

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