Pakistan has received its first shipment of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) from Russia, Moscow’s embassy in Islamabad said on Tuesday, marking Islamabad’s second major Russian energy purchase.
The shipment, which the embassy said was delivered with Iranian help, comes after Pakistan received its first-ever delivery of Russian crude under a deal struck between the two countries earlier this year.
Russia delivered 100,000 metric tonnes to Pakistan through Iran’s Sarakhs Special Economic Zone, the Russian embassy said in a post on social media.
The embassy said consultations on a second shipment were under way. It was not immediately clear how much the LPG cost or if it was discounted. Pakistan has said it had paid for the Russian crude in Chinese currency but the value of the deal was never disclosed.
Later, Pakistan’s energy ministry said that Islamabad was ascertaining facts after Russia’s embassy tweeted that Moscow had made its first LPG delivery to the South Asian nation.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 28th2023.
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