Iran hold talks on energy ties
Posted: 14 May 2003
Signifying a firm step towards
energy security for India, Petroleum Minister Ram Naik on Sunday
held preliminary talks with his Iranian counterpart Bijan Namdar
Zanganeh regarding bilateral cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector.
Naik expressed India’s interest in acquiring a stake in oil
fields in Iran when he called on the Iranian minister. He also offered
India’s expertise in using CNG as an automobile fuel based
on the successful experiment in Delhi.
Naik, who is on a three-day visit here, is accompanied by the Indian
delegation, was told by Zanganeh that Tehran was keen on selling
LNG to New Delhi and the possibility of a direct pipeline to India
should be explored.
Both ministers expressed optimism that during the talks over the
next two days, a framework for long-term cooperation in the hydrocarbon
sector will be reached. India, Asia’s third biggest energy
consumer, will also look at taking some of Iranian oil fields on
a nomination basis and opportunities for Indian firms in upstream
India imports nearly 70 per cent of its needs in energy including
5 million tones of crude oil from Iran.
Iranian President Mohammed Khatami during his visit to India last
January signed a memorandum of understanding with New Delhi on possible
investment in Iranian oil sector.
Iran has been interested in promoting the 2600 km gas pipeline
at a cost of 3.5 billion dollars, a proposal that has been hanging
fire since 1994.
The Indian delegation accompanying Naik includes M S Srinivasam,
Additional Secretary in Ministry of Petroleum, Subir Raha, ONGC
CMD, M S Ramachandran, IOC chairman and B S Negi, GAIL director.
(Asia Financial Daily)
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