The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) is reportedly planning to build a second re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) pipeline from Karachi to Lahore in Pakistan.

Expected to cost Rs64.9bn ($615.7m), the 42-inch diameter pipeline project is planned to be completed by October, 2018.

The project will have capacity to transport 1.2 billion cubic feet/day (bcfd) of re-gasified liquefied natural gas from CTS Bin Qasim to CTS Sawan.

SSGC secretary Shoaib Ahmed said: “The total length is approximately 370Km (from CTS Bin Qasim to CTS Sawan) gas pipeline infrastructure with 480,00HP compressions.”

Conceptually approved by the company’s board of directors, the project is subject to approval from the regulator and government authorities including the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority, Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, among others.

Ahmed was reported by The Express Tribune as saying: “Arrangement of financing (is being made) through a long-term loan from the federal government or through commercial borrowing backed by sovereign guarantees of the federal government including the waiving of existing loan covenants from the quarters concerned.”

Meanwhile, the SSGC is also planning to install 30 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) air mix plants in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan, reported Daily Times.

As part of this effort, the firm is now seeking bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for installation of the air mix plants as approved by the Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC).