June 2, 2005


Indian oil minister to push for proposed Iran-India gas pipeline via Pakistan: Talks between Mumbai and Islamabad to start this weekend (Agence France Presse, June 03, 2005)

Indian Oil Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar is hopeful upcoming talks with Pakistan on a proposed route for a gas pipeline from Iran will lead to an agreement that attracts companies and finance for the multi-billion-dollar project.

Aiyar will travel to Islamabad at the weekend to meet his counterpart Amanullah Khan Jadoon to discuss a proposed 2,775-kilometer energy corridor in Pakistan to deliver gas from Iran's South Pars field to the Indian border.

"If security and other issues are resolved with Pakistan, I would say construction could begin with all deliberate speed in three years," Aiyar told AFP.

"This could be an international consortium or other entity. We are only a customer right now, but security and other agreements will make this project viable for investors." Aiyar said from India's side, the actual construction of the pipeline would be the job of Iran and Pakistan. India's role would be to negotiate a price for the gas if the pipeline reaches its border.

Sometimes it takes a story like this--unimaginable pre-9-11--to show you how fast the world is changing for the better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 2, 2005 11:31 PM
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