Pakistan to cooperate with Russia on underwater gas pipeline from Iran

September 28, 2018

TEHRAN - Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia for cooperation in building an underwater gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan and India, Xinhua reported citing a statement by the Russian Energy Ministry.

"The memorandum provides for the identification of authorized organizations through which the project will be supported, including during the development of a feasibility study, identification of the resource base, configuration and route of the gas pipeline," the statement said.

Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky and Pakistan's Ministry of Energy Additional Secretary Sher Afgan Khan signed the document in Moscow.

In November 2017, Russia and Iran signed a memorandum that envisaged Russian support for gas supplies from Iran to India.

Now Russia will have to inform Iran and India about the signing, after which it expects to sign a similar document with India, Yanovsky said in the statement.

In March, a Russian-Iranian working group on the implementation of the project had its first meeting.

According to Yanovsky, Russia and Pakistan were holding consultations on another project of building the 1,100 kilometer North-South Gas Pipeline (NSGP) between Pakistan's Karachi and Lahore to transport 12.3 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

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