Deora to sign gas pipeline pacts in Turkmenistan

December 9th, 2010 - 10:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora will Saturday sign two agreements for operationalising the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline at Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, officials said Thursday.

Two deals, an inter-government agreement and a gas pipeline transmission agreement, will be signed to start the construction process for the 1,680-km pipeline, which will supply gas to south Asian countries from Turkmenistan’s gas fields.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will attend the ceremony. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh skipped the meeting, as he is travelling abroad for India-European Union meeting. Deora will ink the deal on India’s behalf.

The pipeline would deliver 90 million cubic metres gas a day, which will be shared by India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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