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Meeting: January 30, 2019: The role of Pakistan in connecting the global gas markets — the importance of LNG in the new gas game in Eurasia


This interactive discussion of the Brussels Energy Club addressed the topic of:  



The role of Pakistan in connecting the global gas markets — the importance of LNG in the new gas game in Eurasia


And took place on Wednesday January 30 2019, 4-8pm @ TUSIAD Avenue des Gaulois, 13, Brussels 1040


With special guest discussion opener:

CEO, Engro Vopak

Mr Jahangir Piracha

CEO, Engro Vopak Terminal Limited/

Engro Ellengy Terminal Limited




The Brussels Energy Club opened the doors to its debating chambers early in the New Year with another focused discussion on the global dimensions of the natural gas market. This time we drew the attention of our members and friends to Pakistan, a key country in Eurasian-Indian Ocean trade, investment and far reaching energy value chains, which have recently been revived by mega initiatives such as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

In recent years, governments in Pakistan placed substantial faith in development of natural gas as a primary fuel enabling substantial industrial activity in the country. This led to the development of some Pakistan gas upstream assets, as well as the commissioning of some prominent LNG projects. In fact at one stage the country was seen as one of the most prospective new LNG markets in Asia, if not the wider world, attracting substantial investor interest. While Pakistan was a market of interest for some players, others found the investment climate questionable. Some foreign energy groups were unable to receive price concessions in order to develop their assets, while others appeared to leave the country altogether.

However, Pakistan"s gas sector remains a booming market from the perspective of its growth potential. The new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan will continue to push natural gas as a preferred fuel in the country"s energy mix. In a country of some 200 million souls, and its centrality to a region with a population in the billions, this spells abundant opportunities. Continued policies of liberalisation and gas sector restructuring will only further support these trends. A good debate about the prospects of natural gas in Pakistan is well overdue.

In order to lead the debate, we invited the very experienced Jahangir Piracha, CEO of Engro Vopak Terminal, to Brussels in order to take us through some of the key scenarios for the future of gas, and particularly the LNG trade, in Pakistan. Jahangir Piracha elaborated upon the key gas sector projects in the country, particularly those on the investor horizons, explained the pros and cons of investing in some of these projects, and addressed both governance and investor issues along the way, He also talked us through the key trends in Pakistan's LNG markets and provided for us his first hand insights on the role that his company plays in the sector.

This session was a must for all followers of natural gas market development in Eurasia and the Indian Ocean-basin, as well as all stakeholders following the discussion on energy security more broadly.


Program January 30, 2019: 16.00 — 20.00:

  • Doors open for a networking and welcome drinks
  • Setting out the debate by the Brussels Energy Club
  • Presentation by Jahangir Piracha
  • Roundtable discussion with meeting participants (NB: the Chatham House Rule will apply).
  • Cocktail reception


Speaker information

Jahangir Piracha is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engro Vopak Terminal Limited and Engro Ellengy Terminal Limited. Prior to this role he was the CEO of Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited. He has been involved in multiple executive level roles with Engro Corporation in its Digital Business, Petrochemical and Fertilizer Businesses. Jahangir Piracha has 27 years of corporate experience in areas such as manufacturing, human resource and procurement. He is a chemical engineer by qualification. He is a Director on the Boards of Engro Vopak Terminal Limited, Engro Ellengy Terminal Limited, Engro Foundation, Reon Energy, Arabian Sea Country Club and Greengo (Private) Limited.


Further information

Participation in the interactive discussion at TUSIAD venue will be free of charge for members and guests of the Brussels Energy Club. For more information please contact Ben McPherson on research@brusselsenergyclub.org.

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