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LNG to face competition from cheap coal in Pakistan

LNG will have to compete with coal in Pakistan’s power mix as the country expands capacity of both in order to phase out fuel oil LNG will have to compete with coal in Pakistan’s power mix as the country expands capacity of both in order to phase out fuel oil.
By Andrew Walker 28 March 2018 0 30189
A coal-fired power plant in Pakistan. The Sahiwal coal-fired power plant in Punjab. (PA)

Gas-to-power is on the rise in Pakistan, with new LNG-fuelled power plants being brought online this month. However, the high cost of the fuel could see priority being given to generation from coal.

Gas generated 43% of Pakistan’s power in February, a rise of 7 percentage points year on year, according to statistics from the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). Imported LNG provided a little under half of the gas used, with domestically produced gas making up the rest. 

The startup of more LNG-to-power units will...