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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Oct 24, 2013

Iran-Pakistan pipeline project brought to the spotlight

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) launched its
latest research report here on Wednesday, seeking to
bring the Iran-Pakistan Pipeline in the spotlight, and aims to create a
dialogue for re-evaluating Pakistan’s Energy Equation. The report is an
independent project of SDPI’s energy team, in light of existing data.

SDPI report analyzes Pakistan’s natural gas sector, performance of gas-fired thermal power plants and the
Iran-Pakistan pipeline project, and gives specific recommendations based on the
report’s salient findings. One of its key research elements is a calculation of
the real cost of electricity
generation after injection of Iranian Gas, at the rate of the prevailing Gas
Sale Purchase Agreement (GSPA).

Presenting the report, Engr. Arshad H. Abbasi, Energy Advisor, SDPI, said that
as gas and oil prices have
become an outdated phenomenon all over the world with the expansion of shale
gas; Pakistan needs to re-negotiate the gas
price
it intends to buy from Iran. He gave the example of Italy
and Germany that took their cases to the International Court of Arbitration for
delinking of the oil and gas pricing
regarding their gas deals. He said that there is no point for cancellation of
the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline agreement
but renegotiation of the gas prices
under the prevalent situation under the clause 6.3.2 provided in the agreement.

To substantiate his argument Arshad Abbasi said according to the agreement rate
for Pakistan is more than $15/ MMBTU if calculated in relation to the current
JCC prices though Iran is supplying gas to Turkmenistan at a rate of $4/ MMBTU.

He maintained that Pakistan has a combined power generation capacity of 24000
MW which it was unable to meet due to scarcity of natural gas supply to its power generation units. As of now,
Pakistan has failed to discover new gas reserves, hence it required to imports
natural gas to meet its growing energy requirements. Moreover, natural gas as a
resource is of the utmost importance for Pakistan as it makes up for almost 50%
of the country’s energy mix.

Giving recommendations, he suggested that with around 105 TCF reserves of Shale
Gas that can be effectively exploited to meet the country’s energy demands,
Pakistan needs to follow the global shale gas initiative. He was of the view
that by modernizing the existing thermo power plant the efficiency and
production will increase considerably, in the result; Pakistan’s reliance on
foreign resources will also decrease.

While chairing the session Engr. Shamsul Mulk, former Chairman WAPDA/Former
Chief Minister KPK drew attention towards the consistent policy failures in the
energy sector, which have led to the present high costs of electricity.

He also asserted that as the cost of electricity generation from oil or coal
sources is much higher, natural gas is crucial for Pakistan’s energy sector. In
this scenario, Pakistan needs to import gas but the importance of mutual
benefits regarding the IP project cannot be ignored and Pakistan should not
compromise on pricing issues. He stressed the need for building more dams and
water reservoirs. Quoting the example, Shamsul Mulk said Egypt managed to
survive 7 year long drought with the help of proper water storage system of
storage over Aswan.

Earlier, in his welcome remarks, Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director,
SDPI highlighted that SDPI’s report on IP project presents an objective
analysis of Pakistan’s energy scenario while taking into consideration the
financial and economic ramifications of the project. He also emphasized the
significance of this report and the IP project in the context of US-Pakistan
relation as it is believed that Pakistan’s Prime Minister will have discussion
about the country’s energy crisis with his US counterpart in Washington.