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Setback for Pakistan’s Gas Storage Project: ADB Revokes $6 Million Grant

Pakistan faces a setback in its energy sector as the Asian Development Bank revokes a $6 million grant for the gas storage project due to failure to meet milestones.

In a significant setback for Pakistan’s energy sector, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has withdrawn a $6 million grant previously allocated for the development of the country’s gas storage system.

Sources within the Energy Division disclose that from January 2022 to December 2023, the project failed to achieve its Technical Assistance objectives, leading to the cancellation by the ADB.

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The ADB had approved the grant on December 16, 2021, aiming to enhance Pakistan’s gas storage capabilities through a comprehensive analysis of storage modalities and options. Despite the projected benefits, the project’s failure to meet its milestones within the specified timeline led to the revocation of the grant.

Financial and Economic Challenges Halt Progress

The project’s halt in March 2023 highlighted Pakistan’s dire financial and economic circumstances. The prioritization of resources towards more immediate needs, amid the country’s economic instability, deemed the gas storage development project non-essential.

This decision underscores the broader challenges faced by Pakistan in securing funding and executing critical infrastructure projects. The absence of disbursed funds due to the non-engagement of consulting services further illustrates the project’s inability to progress under the prevailing conditions.

Implications for Pakistan’s Energy Sector

The cancellation of the ADB’s $6 million grant not only signifies a direct loss of potential infrastructure development but also raises questions about Pakistan’s capability to strengthen its energy supply chain and meet strategic reserve requirements.

The need for alternative sources of funding and support becomes ever more critical as the country navigates through its financial and economic challenges. The impact of this cancellation extends beyond immediate financial implications, highlighting significant concerns regarding energy security and sustainability in Pakistan.

This development serves as a stark reminder of the importance of project management and the execution of international grants. As Pakistan looks to the future, securing and efficiently utilizing funding for essential projects will be pivotal in addressing the country’s energy needs and ensuring economic stability.