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India in talks to export natural gas to Pakistan via pipeline

India is in talks to export natural gas to Pakistan through a pipeline from Punjab to help the country overcome crippling energy shortage.
State gas utility GAIL has proposed to lay a 110-km pipeline from Jalandhar to Wagah border via Amritsar to supply natural gas to Pakistan, PTI quoted company Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi as telling reporters here.
Gas in its liquid form (liquefied natural gas or LNG) will be imported at ports in Gujarat and moved through GAIL’s existing pipeline network till Jalandhar. It will then be moved through the proposed line.
“Pakistan has evinced interest in taking LNG from us to meet its energy demand,” he said. “The export is techno-commercially feasible. We can do that subject to Government of India approval and arriving of commercial agreement.”
Initially, Pakistan wants to take 1-1.5 million tonnes of LNG. “Pricing and other commercial negotiations are going on,” he said, refusing to elaborate.
LNG imports into India are currently in the range of USD 13-14 per million British thermal unit and after including customs or import duty, pipeline transportation charges and local taxes, the delivered price will be close to USD 21.

Pakistan, which does not have an LNG import facility at present, is willing to buy LNG from GAIL provided India exempts it from taxes to bring down the cost.
Tripathi said pipeline exports to Pakistan are viable and should be looked at in the context of India looking at importing gas through a cross-country Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline.



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4 Comments

  1. Sand Man said:

    So that India can drop the temperatures of our homes and factories whenever she pleases to do. Placing our energy sector at the whims of India is a folly. Pakistan will be paying a big price for this change of hearts in next many generations to come.

    • ALTAF said:

      You are right bro BUT, thats gonna hapen once in several decades
      . Our homes and factories are already shut down due to the shortage of energy….SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING

  2. Rabi Rani said:

    A good initiative in order to fulfill our energy requirments but if its feasible for us as we dont have good relations since our independence. also the security perspective must remain our top priority as Indians have dual standards.

  3. Zeeshan said:

    Good decision by the leaders! India was never against us. We have to change mindsets and work toward the improvement of relations between both countries

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