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natural gas pipeline, Pakistan
Sunday, January 31, 2010

With the proposals for a natural gas pipeline via Pakistan getting bogged down with security concerns, the Petroleum Ministry is considering a proposal to bring the gas from the Middle East through the deep sea.

The ministry plans to appoint state-run GAIL India — India’s nominee in the talks for the two onland pipelines — as the nodal agency to pursue a sub-sea pipeline to import gas from Iran and Qatar, sources said.

GAIL chairman BC Tripathi early this month asked the ministry to nominate GAIL for pursuing the offshore project and sought “government-to-government level support with these countries to facilitate sourcing of gas for the proposed pipeline”.

GAIL has a Principle of Cooperation with South Asia Gas Enterprise Pvt. Ltd (SAGE) which has revived a decade-old project to build deep-sea gas pipeline linking the Middle East with India.

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