To export natural gas to Pakistan through a pipeline from Punjab, Indian government-owned gas utility GAIL India will enter into contract with a Pakistani firm, the Indian government has said.
According to the Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Panabaaka Lakshmi, GAIL plans to import gas in its liquid form, called liquefied natural gas (LNG), on a port in Gujarat or Maharashtra. After converting the liquid gas again into gaseous state, it will transport the gas through cross-country pipeline network to Jalandhar. From Jalandhar, a 110-km line is proposed to be laid to international border near Atari for delivery to Pakistan.
The Minister added that GAIL would enter into the necessary contract for export of regassified-LNG with its Pakistani counterpart based on import of LNG at Petronet's Dahej (import facility in Gujarat) or Dabhol LNG terminal (in Maharashtra).
She said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha recently that after regasification at the above terminals, R-LNG will be transported by GAIL through pipelines upto the delivery point located at international border near Atari. Pakistan wants to import gas from India to meet its rising energy deficit. Initially, it wants to take 1-1.5 million tonne of LNG (4-6 million standard cubic meters per day of gas).