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Iran-Pak-India gas pipeline talks on March 13

A tripartite meeting of technical teams was held in New Delhi in January to discuss various technical parameters.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 18:34 IST

India, Pakistan and Iran will for the first time hold a joint official-level meeting in Tehran from March 13-15 on the proposed over $7 billion tri- nation gas pipeline, Petroleum Minister Murli Deora has said.

"The Indian delegation, led by Petroleum Secretary MS Srinivasan will be attending this meeting," he said, addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his ministry in New Delhi on Wednesday evening.

A tripartite meeting of the technical teams from the three countries was held in New Delhi in January to discuss various technical parameters of the project.

"The issues under discussion include gas pricing, project structure and the tripartite Government-to-Government Framework Agreement," he said.

As the domestic availability of gas was not adequate to meet the country's demand, India has been pursuing import of gas, both as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and through transnational pipelines.

"One of the pipeline projects under consideration is the Iran-Paksitan-India pipeline project which envisages a line of about 20,000-km length from Assaluyeh in Iran to the India-Pakistan border," he said.

To finalise the details of this project, two separate Secretary-level bilateral Joint Working Groups (JWGs) have been set up by India with Pakistan and Iran.

So far, three meetings each of these JWGs have been held in which various technical, commercial, financial, legal and other project-related issues have been discussed.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 18:03 IST