Friday, May 6, 2011

Talks on with Myanmar to import gas

Talks are going on with neighbouring Myanmar to import gas for meeting the growing demand, said Prime Minister's Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday.
He also indicated that under the move, the much talked about proposal of tri-nation - Myanmar-Bangladesh-India - gas pipeline project might be revived.
“If the issue of the tri-nation gas pipeline comes up again, we should not have any problem so far as our gas import is concerned,” he told reporters at meet-the-press at the National Press Club.
Pointing to huge power generation programme, he claimed that about 1500MW of electricity would be added to the national grid by the year end.
“We are hopeful of increasing the power generation to 7000MW by 2013.”
“Similarly, gas production will be increased by 1000 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) by the same time,” he added.
India had proposed the tri-nation gas pipeline in 2004. New Delhi had offered to build a 1000km gas pipeline from Myanmar to India via Bangladesh to import gas from Myanmar. But the project was left out for different reasons including US economic sanction on Myanmar.
-- The Daily Star --