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Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline likely to be completed by 2014: Hina

17 January, 2012

Islamabad: The National Assembly was informed on Monday that the government will go ahead with the multi-billion Pakistan Iran Gas Pipeline Project and said the project is likely to be completed by the year 2014.

"The Pakistan Iran Gas Pipeline Project is in national interest and the government has decided to fast track on it," Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Monday reiterated said replying to a calling attention notice in the National Assembly.

"The project will help meet Pakistan's energy deficit to a great extent. The feasibility work has been completed and the government is trying hard to start work on this vital project as soon as possible," the minister added.

She brushed aside the apprehensions that the US sanctions on Iran would affect the Project saying, "These sanctions are primarily related to oil and not gas."

Some sanctions on Iran, she said were emanating from the UN, which were mandatory to follow. While, unilateral sanctions such as imposed by the US and European Union were not obligatory to follow.

Hina Rabbani Khar said that Pakistan was working on the project in accordance with the schedule and given deadline.

To a query she said that initially India was part of the project, but later it pulled out of it (project) either due to some pressure or other reasons. "But Pakistan despite all the things decided to go ahead on the project as it is in our national interest," she added.

Opposition Muslim League (PML-N) lawmakers Muhammad Barjes Tahir, Raja Muhammad Asad Khan, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Begum Ishrat Ashraf and Khalida Mansoor, in their calling attention notice wanted a policy statement from the government about the pipeline.

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Reader Comments:

Finally, Hina confirms that IP(not IPI) wil be there

Congratulations to all Paks on IP gas pipeline. Though it was late and lingered on decision, IP will play significant factor in Pak energy equation.If India shot itself in its foot if not in the head on its IPI gas, it was due to foreign pressure. Turky defied similar pressure, but Turks are importing between half to 1 tcf gas per year from Iran.

I was personally invited by the Iranians to immerse into full one day session with the energy sector of Iran in 2007. The first in command of National Iranian Gas, Mr Rasool shared the same table and I became well familiar with gas sector of Iran.IPI(now IP) came into discussion in that Tehran session of mine and in the end of 2007, Iranians had already done enough work on the gathering systems and the gas purification process systems with some work already in progress on laying of final sales gas pipeline systems.

As the peak oil reached in 2006, gas is going to play bigger part in energy equation. Actually Iran's gas reserves(1200 tcf of the world's total 6300 tcf) have come up faster than the gas reserves of any major gas reserve holding nation.Qatar's gas is LNG specific (expensive at 700 dollars per ton due to cryogenic minus 181 degree use of Turbo expanders in LNG process compared to one ton sales gas or 45000 cubic feet or ton).

Iran is the most auspiciously best placed country to supply gas through sales gas pipelines. It is very likely that China would attempt to participate in the IP gas pipeline infrastructure from Iran to Pak expanded and extended into China IN FUTURE as well. Bringing gas from Persian Gulf through heights and transporting it to China through over worked pumps could be prohibitive like failed and rejected bid of bringing gas from Russia to India via China and over the Himalayas.

Depending on the pipe dia size, Paks will have auspiciously advantaged and flexamatic option to bring in one half to 2 tcf py (equiv to 250000 to 1 mbpd of oil).

Thanks Hina for giving good news, finally

Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 17 January, 2012

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