Pakistan keen on importing gas from Brunei

Rachel Thien in Bandar Seri Begawan/The Brunei Times
Asia News Network

Bandar Seri Begawan (The Brunei Times/ANN) - Pakistan is looking into the possibility of energy exchanges, particularly importing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Brunei.

This was said by Pakistan's new High Commissioner Designate to Brunei His Excellency Major General (Rtd) Muhammad Ijaz Hussein Awan recently, adding this is an area their country is looking forward to.

"Pakistan's energy sector is really down and under. We have power outages and shortages. We are an energy hungry country at the moment and we are rarely coping with our energy resources and with basic needs," he told The Brunei Times.

Currently, Pakistan is importing Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) from other countries. However, there is a need for LNG and it knows that this is one product that Brunei is exporting to some countries.

"The (LNG) is an important area to make up for the shortages, and I would like to interact with the Energy Department and ask them what they can do for the provision of LNG to Pakistan, as part of the government's plan to import LNG," he said.

"We would love to enter into some kind of energy exchanges with the Bruneian government if we can, and this is one area we are looking forward to," His Excellency added.

On another front, the high commissioner designate spoke of a recent meeting he had with members of the Brunei-Pakistan Friendship Association to improve relations.

He said that one area was trade between two countries, and identified halal meat produce.

"As Pakistan has a very large market and produces halal meat at a very large scale, we want to join Brunei as partners in producing halal meat. We want to work with the relevant ministry in Brunei, and under its stamp, we are willing to work with it," he said.

His Excellency went on to say when trade increases, interaction increases.

"When there is more trade, more commonalities of interest and interaction, the relations will grow further," he said.