Govt to talk over Myanmar pipeline
From Economic Times, India
January 11, 2005
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NEW DELHI: The government will hold talks with Dhaka and Yangon on Wednesday to explore the possibility of laying a natural gas pipeline from Myanmar to India via Bangladesh.
"We are having a tripartite meeting of energy ministers from India, Bangladesh and Myanmar in Yangon on January 12 to see how gas from Myanmar could flow into India through an onland pipeline," Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said before leaving for Yangon.
India, which last week struck a 25-year deal to import 7.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Iran from 2009, is looking for more fuel as demand is expected to grow to 400 million standard cubic meters per day by 2025 from around 90 mmscmd available today. Domestic production meets only half the demand.
"The idea is to explore the possibility of Myanmar-India gas pipeline," he said.
The pipeline is one of the several options being considered by India to bring gas reserves from Shwe field in Block A-1 in offshore Myanmar, as well as volumes that are expected to be discovered in its adjacent block A-3.
In both the blocks, ONGC Videsh Ltd has 20 per cent stake and GAIL (India) 10 per cent. South Korea's Daewoo is the operator of both the blocks.
Bangladesh will earn about 125 million dollars annually as transit fee for the pipeline, that would run through Arakan (Rakhine) state in Myanmar via Indian states of Mizoram and Tripura before crossing Bangladesh to Kolkata.