Pakistan approves Khalifa Point refinery near Hub

By an OGJ correspondent
KARACHI, Oct. 15 -- Pakistan has approved construction of the $4-5 billion coastal refinery project at Khalifa Point near the Hub area of Balochistan province.

Ashfaq Hassan Khan, briefing adviser to the finance ministry, said preliminary work has begun on the refinery, which will have a capacity of 200,000-300,000 b/d.

The facility would be established as a 74:26 joint venture of Abu Dhabi-based International Petroleum Investment Co. (IPIC) and Pak-Arab Refinery Co. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned by first quarter 2011.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources was authorized to sign the implementation agreement with IPIC within a month.

Various concessions had been announced for the project, including a 20-year tax holiday, exemption from 5% workers' profit participation, and exemption from 0.5% services charges under the export processing zones rules.

Pakistan also advises Oil & Gas Development Corp. to dedicate at least 80% of the liquefied petroleum gas produced from Chanda field for distribution in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of northern Pakistan.

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