Gas Storage Development Systems (ADB-55170-002)

  • South Asia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Pakistan
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Voting Date
Dec 17, 2021
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
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  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services, Grant
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 0.60 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Grant Amount (USD)
$ 0.60 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS May 2, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Nov 5, 2021

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Project Description
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According to ADB documents, the knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will (i) analyze and recommend gas storage modalities and options across Pakistan based on the safety, reliability, cost, and effect on amenities as prime considerations; (ii) propose a policy, legal, and regulatory framework to develop, operate, and maintain gas storage facilities following international best practice; and (iii) provide advisory services on a transaction model, financial structure, and development road map for the first gas storage facility in the country. The findings will assist the Government of Pakistan to design and approve optimal storage options (underground or overground) across multiple locations, a capital and ownership structure and road map for each option, and adjustments to the hydrocarbon legal and regulatory framework.


The TA supports the recommendation of the government's integrated energy plan to deregulate the gas value chain and encourage private sector participation. The government does not intend to offer any sovereign guarantees, capacity charges, or offtake commitments for future LNG terminals and storage; hence, operators would arrange their own buyers, as well as third-party access to pipeline capacity. The TA is linked to the operational priorities of ADB's Strategy 2030: (i) addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities by cutting energy poverty and lowering gas tariffs; (ii) accelerating progress in gender equality through access to year-round energy for rural areas for cleaner cooking and cottage industries; (iii) tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability by reducing carbon footprints through the replacement of furnace oil and diesel-powered plants with gas-powered plants that are available year-round; (iv) strengthening governance and institutional capacity; and (v) fostering regional cooperation and integration through gas pipeline interconnections with neighboring countries (Turkmenistan and Iran), with options to store gas. The TA is aligned with ADB's energy policy, supporting the low-carbon transition, and TA outputs will include necessary due diligence to ensure compliance with the three conditions of ADB's Energy Policy for any subsequent ADB-assisted projects involving natural gas.

The TA is aligned with the following impact: gas market equilibrium established.12 The TA will have the following outcome: gas supply chain strengthened, and strategic reserves requirements met..


Investment Description
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The TA amounts to $600,000, which will be financed on a grant basis by ADB’s Technical Assistance Special Fund ($300,000 TASF 7 and $300,000 TASF-other sources). The government will provide counterpart support in the form of counterpart staff, office accommodation, access to data, hosting stakeholder meetings, and other in-kind contributions.

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Responsible ADB Officer Pladet, Roland C.J.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Ministry of Energy (Power Division)
2nd floor, A Block Pak Secretariat,
Islamabad, Pakistan


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