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UK extends support to India's energy needs

Britain is supporting India's cause of affordable power for the whole populace to meet basic energy needs.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 20:17 IST

The United Kingdom on Tuesday, offered India cooperation to address the issues of energy security and sought support for a strong international agenda to promote more open and competitive markets.

"As India looks at finalising its integrated energy policy and we look at our own energy policy, we can jointly explore how to address issues of energy security, access and availability, affordability and pricing, efficiency and environmental concerns," UK's High Commissioner to India Michael Arthur said in New Delhi.

Inaugurating a workshop on "Alternate Fuels in India's Energy Future", Arthur said, India and UK can draw synergies between their long term goals detailed in their respective policy documents to realise a cost effective energy policy.

Noting that Britain had suggested a two-pronged approach for energy and climate security, Arthur said, "We need the support of countries such as India for a strong international agenda to promote more open and competitive markets."

He said, UK was working to strengthen the dialogue between consumers and producers for a better common understanding of the mutual benefits of investment in exploration and production, rapid deployment of cleaner and more efficient technologies and open trade in supplies.

He said both countries can cooperate in maintaining a market framework in the UK which is positive for investment and diversity of supplies.

Arthur said Britain strongly backed India's ambitions of "power for all" and the availability of affordable power for the whole population in order to meet basic livelihood needs.

First Published: Sep 19, 2006 20:17 IST