Transparency is top priority of the govt: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday reiterated that the government has ensured transparency in all the development projects in the country.

Addressing the inaugurating ceremony of the second LNG terminal at Port Qasim in Karachi, he said that the terminal has been completed within the record time of 330 days. He said the bidding for LNG terminal was completely transparent. The Prime Minister said that the terminal is second of its kind and will facilitate in transporting LNG to power house for producing cheap energy.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that so far 100 LNG loaded cargo ships have arrived at the first terminal. The terminal has a capacity to handle 750 million standard cubic feet gas per day. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that LNG was the only solution to Pakistan’s energy crisis. He said that by end of November this year load shedding throughout the country will become history. “If you don’t add more gas into the system, you cannot fight the energy crisis,” he insisted, adding that other methods to produce energy are either too expensive or too slow.

Talking about the challenges faced during the project, the prime minister said that many people had questioned it [the project] when it started but “Port Qasim came through” and the terminal started functioning in less than 14 months “which is exemplary”.

The premier further said that previous governments had made several attempts to introduce LNG as a source of energy in the country, “but only the PML-N government had succeeded in implementing it”. Applauding the services of private sector companies that worked on the terminal, Abbasi said that the project was a “real example of cooperation between private sector and the government”.