Pakistan and Iran discuss gas pipeline project

May 08, 1999 02:00 AM

A visiting Iranian delegation met Pakistan's Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Chaudri Nisar Ali to discuss the feasibility of building a 1,600 km, $ 2.4 bn gas pipeline project from Iran to Pakistan, officials said.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources said although the Pakistani gas market is committed to imports of gas from Turkmenistan, Pakistan is keeping options open including that of importing gas from Iran.
The Iranian delegation, led by Hussain Kazempour Ardebelli, senior adviser for oil and gas and foreign affairs, included officials from Iran's National Oil and Gas Co.
The proposed pipeline project envisages supply of gas from the Assaluya gas field in Iran to a terminal at Gadani near Karachi where it would be connected to the inland gas transmission system.
The pipeline will also provide for supply of gas to India, in the event of an understanding among Pakistan, India and Iran.

The proposed Pakistan-Iran pipeline is competing with a project to import gas from Turkmenistan, also through a pipeline. But the Turkmenistan project has hit snags because of the ongoing civil war in Afghanistan through which the gas pipeline has to pass.

Source: Kyodo News International via Newspage
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