ISLAMABAD (APP) – Russia’s largest energy company “Gazprom” is interested in supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Pakistan, co-chairman of the Russian-Pakistani intergovernmental commission Viktor Ivanov said on Friday.

“Gazprom is interested in entering the Pakistani market with LNG – this will ensure the maximum throughput of the pipeline, which is to be built in the future. Gazprom has capacities for pumping up to 12 billion cubic meters,” Ivanov was quoted as saying by Russian news agency TASS.

The intergovernmental agreement for the construction of the North-South pipeline was signed on October 16, 2015. RT-Global Resources, which is part of Russian state corporation Rostec, will carry out the project of the construction of the North-South gas pipeline in Pakistan by mid-2020.

The 1100 km long gas pipeline will link liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in the port of Karachi in the south of Pakistan with the city of Lahore in the north of the country.

The period of construction is 42 months. The project will be implemented in three stages. On the first stage, by the second quarter of 2018, the gas pipeline will be built. On the second stage, by the second quarter of 2019, part of compressor stations will be completed.

On the third stage, by the second quarter of 2020, all compressor stations will be commissioned bringing the pipeline to its full capacity, which is 12.4 billion cubic meters a year.