Pakistan signed the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction contract – worth US$16 billion – out of all the importing countries across the globe in the first four months of this year. That’s according to research completed by consulting firm GlobalData.
According to the company’s latest report, all of the country’s LNG volume will come from a single contract that Pakistan State Oil Company Limited signed with Qatargas for the import of 3.8 million tons per annum (MTPA) on 10 February 2016. The contract covers 15 years and has a total value of US$16 billion. The LNG will come from the Qatargas II liquefaction terminal.
The second largest contract signed during the first quarter (Q1) of 2016 was between Veresen Inc and JERA Co. Inc. It will last for 20 years, and involves Veresen supplying 1.5 MTPA of LNG from the Jordan Cove terminal in the US to Japan. LNG deliveries are expected to begin in 2021 and end in 2041.
Another contract was signed between the US and Japan which will allow Tokyo Gas to import 0.2 MTPA of LNG during 2020 to 2039, meaning the Cameron II liquefaction terminal located in Louisiana, US, will supply LNG to Tokyo Gas.
Two contracts signed between Chevron and ENN Group, and Origin Energy and ENN Group, jointly constitute the third largest contracts signed by volume in Q1 2016. Each of the contracts will supply 0.5 MTPA of LNG to the ENN Group. The contract between Chevron and ENN Group will last for 10 years, from 2018 to 2028, while the contract between Origin Energy and ENN Group will last for five, from 2018 to 2023.