ISLAMABAD -UNS- Karachi to Lahore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Pipeline project is expected to be inaugurated in January.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will likely to inaugurate the pipeline in first week of January next year.

Out of a total of 1,300 kilometres long pipeline, 350 kilometres being laid by Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) and 950 kilometres pipeline by Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL), Petroleum Ministry sources said .

Almost 90 per cent construction work of the project has been completed and rest will be completed within the next two weeks, sources further said.

The total cost of the project has been Rs 90 billion of which Rs 25 billion will be spent by the SSGCL and Rs 65 billion by the SNGPL.

The pipeline has been designed to transport 1.2 billion cubic feet per day (BCFD) of natural gas or LNG from Karachi to Lahore.

Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has asked Qatargas, to increase LNG supply from current 400 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) to 600 MMCFD after the completion of Karachi-Lahore LNG pipeline, sources said. Presently LNG being supplied to industries, textile units, fertilizer plants, power plants and CNG stations in Punjab.