Usman Mahmood Khan

Operations manager with Engro, a long-time IFC partner.

 

 

I joined Engro in 2007 as a graduate trainee and in my eight years here I have been on seven projects. I have been promoted very fast. I was the head engineer of (a new liquified natural gas [LNG] terminal outside of Karachi) and I am now in charge of operations there.

 

 

When the project first started it was very challenging because we were on a very tight deadline. We had 330 days and were working 24/7 liaising with suppliers from the USA and Australia. The LNG terminal presented a very different project for ENGRO - there were lots of firsts. It was truly a roller-coaster ride.  I will never forget the feeling when the first vessel finally docked - many of us had tears in our eyes.

 

 

During the energy crisis a lot of industries suffered and many businesses left Pakistan and moved to other developing nations. A close friend of mine in Faisalabad, where the textile industry was suffering badly, was seriously thinking of shutting down his business. Factories had to remain closed on Saturday and Sunday due to power shortages and were losing a lot of money. My friend was having to pay his daily wage laborers out of pocket even when they weren't working in order to retain them.

 

 

We are now producing 200 million standard cubic feet of re-calcified LNG a day, which translates to 120 megawatts (MW) a day of power. This is a tremendous contribution. In our second year we are at double our initial output, making us the biggest gas resource is Pakistan. Pakistan's energy supply is 12000MW while the demand in 16000MW. If we are able to add 1200MW to the 4000MW gap, then we are truly making a huge impact. Two-thirds of the power we produce is  (helping to) reduce power outages in industries and cities. It's allowing Pakistan's industrial sector to get back on its feet.

 

 

I am everything I am because of my country. For me giving back is essential. Engro is also a Pakistani company, servicing the people and the economy and the future of our country. The scholarship which allowed me to study engineering came from tax payers money so  I  feel a sense of loyalty. My brother was in the military and martyred in a recent anti-terrorism operations in Waziristan. For me patriotism is in my bones. Working at this terminal, I feel like I am truly doing positive work for the country.