PROGAS - A STATE-OF-THE-ART PROJECT

The first fully integrated import and export facility at Port Qasim Authority.

SADAF AURANGZAIB, Senior Correspondent
May 28 - Jun 03, 2007

Progas Pakistan is a joint-venture of KUB Malaysia Berhard, a government-linked Malaysian public listed company, Progas Energy Limited and the National Logistics Corporation. PAGE got a chance to visit the recently built LPG terminal at Port Qasim. It was a lovely adventure where we saw the huge planted storage tanks having the capacity of around 6,500 M. Tons. With an investment of US $ 50 million, this is the largest LPG infrastructure project in Pakistan. This facility has been built by SNC Lavalin, one of the world's largest and most prestigious engineering construction companies.

The Progas Bin Qasim facility in Karachi was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in December 2004. The first phase of the project at the port included 2.030 M. Tons of LPG storage and a fully automated state-of-the-art 24 head filling plants capable of handling 5,000 M.Tons of LPG per month per shift. The second phase has been commissioned and the terminal has been in full operation since February 2007.

A brief profile of Progas project is as follows:

•Foreign Direct Investment of US $ 50 million in the storage, handling, supply, transportation and logistics infrastructure of Pakistan. This is the largest single investment in the LPG industry of Pakistan.

•The first fully integrated import and export facility at Port Qasim Authority.

•Storage capacity of 6,530 at Port Qasim, 120 MT storage at two regional distribution centres (Rajpura and Haripur), and a working and distribution Centre in Quetta and 828 MT mobile storage giving a total of 7,685 MT

•State-of-the art fully automated bottling plant manufactured by Kopan Crisplant — capacity 5,000 MT/month per shift and two semi-automated bottling plants at Rajpura and Haripur.

•Jetty to take ships up to 15000 DWT at Port Qasim with 3.6 Km trestle

•200,000 MT/annum throughout capacity and over 100,000 cylinders

Now the plant is completed and is fully operational, with one-shore tank storage of 6500 Metric Tons in five spherical tanks. Three of the 1500 Metric Tons are the biggest of their kind in the region with an annual throughout of 250,000 Metric tones. Further, the terminal has the ability to handle a minimum of 2000,000 Metric Tons annually, while the Progas jetty has the capability of receiving vessels from 1500 to 15000 MT. This can be expanded to 80,000 MT by adding two mooring dolphins, in which case the capacity can be tripled. Further, Progas' fully-automated state-of-the-art filling plant is only one of eight in the world, which is capable of filling up to 12,000 Metric Tons per month. In addition, a dispatch station is in operation at the Iran border at Taftan while the two regional distribution centres with 120 MT of storage are under commissioning along with semi-automated filling stations. Additional operations nation-wide are under implementation. Progas has 36 ISO containers and 18 LPG tankers with the ability to collectively move 836 MT of LPG at any one point.

The large infrastructure project is of national importance and will make a significant contribution in providing employment throughout Pakistan. With the help of increasing LPG availability, Pakistan will likely to attain a position where the people will have the liberty to choose the fuel of their own preference.

PROGAS PAKISTAN'S LPG TERMINAL AND BULK STORAGE FACILITY AT PORT QASIM, GOES ON FULL STREAM

Pakistan's first fully integrated liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal was inaugurated last week by President Pervez Musharraf, signaling a unique milestone in Pakistan's history. By virtue of the Progas terminal's dedication to importing LPG, Pakistan will now have a regular access to an energy fuel that is in high demand yet historically has been in short supply.

Progas Pakistan is a joint-venture of KUB Malaysia Berhad, a government linked Malaysian Public Listed Company, Progas Energy Limited and the National Logistics Corporation. With an investment of US $50 million, this is the largest LPG infrastructure project in Pakistan. This facility has been built by SNC Lavalin, one of the world's largest and most prestigious engineering construction companies.

Some unique features of this project include the fact that this terminal has the largest LPG storage capacity in Pakistan, with on-shore tank storage of 6500 Metric Tonnes in five spherical tanks. Three of the 1500 Metric Tonnes are the biggest of their kind in the region with an annual throughput of 250,000 Metric tonne. Further, the terminal has the ability to handle a minimum of 2,000,000 Metric Tonnes annually, while the Progas jetty has the capability of receiving vessels from 1500 to 15,000 MT. This can be expanded to 80,000 MT by adding two mooring dolphins, in which case the capacity can be tripled. Further, Progas' fully automated state-of-the-art filling plant is only one of eight in the world, which is capable of filling upto 12,000 Metric Tonnes per month.

In addition to the terminal, a dispatch station is in operation at the Iran border at Taftan while two regional distribution centres with 120 Mt of storage are under commissioning along with semi automated filling stations. An additional 22 satellite operations nation-wide are under implementation. Progas has 36 ISO containers and 18 LPG tankers with the ability to collectively move 836 Mt of LPG at any one point. Progas aims to have an extensive network all over Pakistan, ensuring LPG is provided to all sectors, including the domestic, commercial and the automotive sectors.

His Excellency President Pervez Musharraf shared his opinion that "Progas Pakistan has setup a world class infrastructure through its plant at Port Qasim, while the added storage and bottling mechanism throughout the country will ensure the desired level of supply and increase healthy competition." ""The commissioning of this infrastructure project will InshaAllah play a major role towards ensuring greater energy security for Pakistan," he added.

Demand for LPG has surged especially after the Government of Pakistan's recent permission to use LPG in the auto-sector. The commissioning of this plant means greater supply of a fuel in a secure fashion, allowing for progress, development and a better quality of life for all in Pakistan.