SSGC: Pakistan's gas sufficient for 22 years

Pakistan's recoverable reserves of 19.124 tcf of gas would last about 22 years if the country produces at current annual rates, according to data compiled by Sui Southern Gas Co. The estimate includes reserves of 12.858 tcf in fields already connected to a pipeline system, 5.638 tcf in independent fields and 628 bcf of fields under development or dormant.


KARACHI�Pakistan's recoverable reserves of 19.124 tcf of gas would last about 22 years if the country produces at current annual rates, according to data compiled by Sui Southern Gas Co. (SSGC).

The estimate includes reserves of 12.858 tcf in fields already connected to a pipeline system, 5.638 tcf in independent fields and 628 bcf of fields under development or dormant.

It is projected that fields that are connected with a pipeline system would be exhausted in 19 years if they produce at current rates of 694 bcf, and independent fields in 31 years if they continue producing at current rates of 183 bcf.

SSGC has also announced a program for increasing its present transmission capacity to 900 MMcfd from 600 MMcfd within three years. Mukhtar Ahmad, managing director, said the whole project is expected to cost $69 million, inclusive of a foreign exchange component of $32 million.

He said funds will be arranged through local and international borrowings, the company's own resources, and financing from Karachi Electricity Supply.

The main components of the project include relocation of a compressor at Hyderabad, rehabilitation of the Indus left bank pipeline, integration of new field Zamzama at Dadu, integration of another new field, Bhit, augmentation of Attock Cement Pipeline Ltd., and augmentation of the Bin Qasim supply system.

Presently the SSGC transmission network consists of 2,764 km, having compression of 62,600 bhp and designed flow rate of 850 MMcfd, developed at a total cost of $457 million.

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