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India to present gas import routes to Myanmar

India will present as many as eight alternate transit routes, including by land and sea, for importing gas from that country.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 14:08 IST

With China keen to get gas from Myanmar and Bangladesh not ready to offer transit, India will present as many as eight alternate routes, including by land and sea, for importing gas from that country.

This would be done during a two-day meeting of A-1 offshore block partners that commenced in Yangon on Tuesday. State-owned GAIL (India) Ltd and ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas arm of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), hold 30 per cent stake in two exploration blocks - A-1 and A-3 - offshore Myanmar.

The operator of both the blocks is Daewoo International Corporation with 60 per cent stake while (South) Korea Gas Corporation holds the remaining 10 per cent stake.

"At the operators committee meeting being held in Myanmar, GAIL as the preferred buyer of gas from Block A-1 would be presenting eight options for import of gas including three land routes, three sea route options besides bringing the gas as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG)," a petroleum ministry official told IANS.

The official admitted that none of the options being presented to Myanmar include transit through Bangladesh, which had in fact stalled the whole process and led to Myanmar considering a request for large gas supplies to China. Yangon had repeatedly urged India to speed up alternate plans, including setting up power projects near the gas fields.

"GAIL would presenting the detailed feasibility report for a Myanmar-India gas pipeline bypassing Bangladesh and pre-feasibility report of the other alternate plans proposed," the official said.

The detailed feasibility report (DFR) has been done with the help of SUZ Tractebel of Brussels (Belgium) as technical consultants.

The European infrastructure consultants had been briefed to "carry out a study for preparing the detailed feasibility report (DFR), environment management plan (EMP) and rapid risk analysis (RRA) study report for the Myanmar-India pipeline project via the northeast Indian territory".

The detailed report proposes routing the pipeline through the states of Mizoram, Assam, West Bengal and Bihar. The pipeline will also have the provision to transport gas from developing gas fields in Tripura and Assam, the official said.

The various options are expected to firm up commitment from Myanmar to supply gas to India, which has so far not been made, official sources said.

Besides its own share of gas from the A-1 block in which so far Myanmar has announced 2.88 to 3.56 trillion cubic feet of in-place gas reserves, India is keen to get additional gas supplies to make the import plans more feasible and help bridge the growing shortfall of the clean energy fuel available in the country.