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India in talks to bring Iran gas via Arabian Sea
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

NEW DELHI (Commodity Online) : In an attempt to bypass the dangerous routes in Pakistan, India and Iran are discussing building a gas pipeline between the two countries along the bed of the Arabian Sea.

According to South Asia Gas Enterprise Private Ltd (SAGE), "The carrying capacity of the gas pipeline's first leg will total 31 billion cu m annually, with the cost of construction estimated at $4 billion”

SAGE said, India and Iran were discussing the delivery of Natural Gas produced in Turkmenistan with Indian assistance to north Iran while Iran will send natural gas from its southern deposits to Indian consumers.

India had discussed the project with Teheran and Ashgabat and received their backing, SAGE said. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov will visit India soon to discuss the project in detail.

Under the project being worked on by SAGE, the gas pipeline will be 1,100 km (684 miles) long. The submersible part of the pipeline will start from the Iranian port city of Chabahar and will deliver gas to consumers in the Indian state of Gujarat.

According to SAGE, international investors will also finance the expensive gas pipeline project. In particular, Italian companies have expressed their readiness to join the project.

India, Iran and Pakistan have been discussing the project of building a gas pipeline between the three countries for the past three years. However, the negotiations have dragged on due to the worsening of relations between India and Pakistan.

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