Pakistan and Russia to discuss Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline to India

Jan 20, 2003 01:00 AM

Pakistan and Russia are expected to discuss a 2,670-km-long Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline to India when President Pervez Musharraf visits Moscow early next month. Official sources told the foreign office has asked the ministry of petroleum and natural resources to prepare a "brief for the president" on the $ 3.2 bn trans-Pakistan gas pipeline.
Iran, the sources said, had already been pursuing a proposal for a tripartite agreement on the gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan and onward to India.

The proposal envisages laying of 2,670-km on-land pipeline with a capacity of 3,260 mm cfpd and estimated cost of $ 3.2 bn. The project includes 1,000 mm cfpd of gas for Pakistan. The proposed gas pipeline would run 1,115 km in Iran, 705 km in Pakistan and 850 km in India although a lot of scepticism prevailed around the project due to hostile relationship between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russian energy firm Gazprom in November last year to carry out, without surveying and mapping, the pre-feasibility of trans-Pakistan gas pipeline from Iran to India and to enhance oil and gas cooperation.

Source: Navakal, Inc.
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