Russia, India eyeing to tap Pakistan gas market

Published: April 27, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: As Russia fears losing markets in the European Union (EU) because of the ongoing tussle with the United States (US) and European Union over the Ukraine issue, it is looking to capture Pakistan’s market for exporting gas by laying offshore gas pipeline.

Russian is a big exporter of gas to Europe and Turkey and exports were at all-time high levels in 2017 following record-breaking volumes last year. Gazprom said gas flows to what it calls the Far Abroad – Europe and Turkey but not the ex-Soviet states – hit a new daily record of 621.8 million cum. Exports hit a total of 179.3 Bcm in 2016, a significant jump on its previous highest level of 161.5 Bcm from 2013 and well above the 2015 total of 158.6 Bcm.

Gas pipeline augmentation project misses deadline

Russian gas giant Gazprom has already signed a memorandum of understanding with Engineers India on conducting joint studies for a gas pipeline between Russia and India.

According to a Gazprom statement, the memorandum reflected the interest of parties in jointly identifying routes for the gas pipeline from Russia and elsewhere to India in addition to opportunities for cooperation in other areas.

Now, it is learnt, Russia conveyed to Pakistan that it wanted to build an offshore gas pipeline passing through Gwadar port to India to export gas and offered Pakistan to join this project, official added.

Officials said that a high level delegation from the Russian Federation, led by State Secretary and Minister of Energy Yuri P Sentyurin and Deputy Chairman of Gazprom A Vitaly Markelov called on Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources in early April.

Officials said that during the discussion, Russian side said they wanted to lay an offshore gas pipeline to India passing through Pakistan. They said that they could also supply gas to Pakistan in Gwadar through a pipeline if Pakistan showed interest. Officials said that Pakistan had also expressed a desire to join this project.

Pakistan and Russia had already signed a government-to-government deal for awarding the contract for liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline between Karachi and Lahore to a Russian firm for transporting imported gas.

Work on TAPI pipeline to kick off in Pakistan this month

He said that the two countries would enter into another deal of pipeline project for gas trade. Both sides are soon expected to sign a commercial contract for materialising the project.

Earlier, Russia had assisted Pakistan’s largest hydrocarbon explorer, Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDC), in the search for energy resources.

In addition, Pakistan also planned to import LNG from Russia by virtue of a government-to-government arrangement.

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has already given the go-ahead for starting negotiations for the gas import deal with Russia.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Pakistani
    Apr 27, 2017 - 8:43AM

    And then I thought we were isolated. Recommend

  • Raw Is War
    Apr 27, 2017 - 9:08AM

    Russia needs gas?Recommend

  • Abdul Awwal
    Apr 27, 2017 - 9:11AM

    If Pakistan mends its ways it is quite refreshing.Recommend

  • Saqib
    Apr 27, 2017 - 9:31AM

    No to India…Recommend

  • LOL
    Apr 27, 2017 - 10:48AM

    wow Modi cant even stand by his own word. vowed to ‘isolate’ Pakistan globally, but cant even do that through his own country even.Recommend

  • Mansoor
    Apr 27, 2017 - 11:11AM

    At what price these gas purchasing are in process. We are already buying very expensive LNG from Qatar. Currently it’s teriff to consumer is Rs 1100/mmbtu approx. This is a very high priceRecommend

  • omar yusaf
    Apr 27, 2017 - 12:29PM

    The last time I looked, Iran was next door to us and had a ready-made pipeline built up to our border, offering to sell us cheap gas.
    Of course, being unquestioning supporters of american policy, we turned down Iran, and decided to pay much more for gas shipped from the middle east in Tankers.
    Basic Economics dictates that it would be cheaper to buy gas from Iran, would it not?Recommend

  • Andrew
    Apr 27, 2017 - 1:03PM

    If my limited knowledge of the issue serves me correctly, Pakistan has barely enough resources for its citizen how are is Pakistan going to export gas to Russia or India????Recommend

  • hellodrsoul
    Apr 27, 2017 - 2:05PM

    India must be pressing on Putin to build a pipeline in the space instead. Also the hate mongers of RSS should refuse using this gas if it comes through Pakistan. Recommend

  • AD
    Apr 27, 2017 - 3:18PM

    This is news with, not a single witness .Recommend

  • rich
    Apr 27, 2017 - 3:37PM

    so pakistan will not stop gas supply to india

    russia will export gas to india thru pakistan

    great, noway pakistan can stop it and make russia angry

    india just needs to pay and get the gas without any headache, of negotiating with third party

    just make a deal with russia

    now what will pakistan do, stop it, or let it go thru?Recommend

  • sarah
    Apr 27, 2017 - 5:59PM

    I’d say make the deal. I would love to see what RSS supporters will do with gas coming through Pakistan. Perhaps set themselves on fire? I call this a win-win move.Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 27, 2017 - 6:34PM

    @rich:

    You guys sound like every other country can pounce Pakistan .. is that effect of your hyper nationalist blind media or what? .. If Pakistan doesn’t get benefit from this supply line they will not show interest in it period nothing to do with someone being getting angry .. I think no one here is acting like street kids apart from Indian media for the sake of sensationalism.Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 27, 2017 - 6:52PM

    @Raw Is War: Okay, so we now know you are speed reading and fully confused; Russia wants to export its gas through Gwadar Port and also lay offshore line from Gwadar to India; Also Russia wants to lay pipeline through Pakistan to Gwadar Port for export of its gas; Already Russia is under contract to transport LNG transported through pipeline worth $2B from Karachi LNG terminals to Lahore; Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 27, 2017 - 6:56PM

    @Abdul Awwal: Its not only Pakis- tan but definitely your Hindus-tan need to learn and fall in line with the world and its neighbors; It is time your Hindus–tan starts thinking correctly and change their mind set to pass the reality test; Otherwise your Hindus–tan will be left so far behind that you all would be blinded by dust; Just see what happened at ICC few days back; See how isolated your Hindus–tan became and got kicked in the back; Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 27, 2017 - 7:05PM

    @Andrew: Your comment shows how naive and ignorant you Hindus—tanis are; With the mind set filled of hatred of Pakis–tanis you dont even read the article correctly; Read and Learn, just dont Listen and react; It is Russia who is going to export its gas through pipelines they are laying through Pakistan to Gwadar Port; And just because your Hindus–tan needs gas desperately, and cannot talk with Pakis-tan on this, they crawled to Russia to get off shore line laid from Gwadar Port to your Hindus-tan to fulfill the gas shortage. You Hindus–tani guys still dont get it, do you ?? There is a already set up club of Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, CIS States for trade and business supporting each other; And CPEC and Gwadar is key to that. The sooner your Hindus–tan comes to its senses, wake up and stop dreaming, and for sure stop the lap dancing with your new daddy, the US, the better for you & me & our children; Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 27, 2017 - 7:10PM

    @hellodrsoul: Them Hindus—tanis will come to their senses soon… One strike was a few days back in ICC meeting; Them Hindus–tanis got kicked so hard that the pain will last for ages; They are trying to isolate Pakistan ?? see what happened; Hindus–tanis, this is called isolation;; ICC is just a start, wait and see how hard your backsides will be kicked; Recommend

  • Ahmar Khan
    Apr 27, 2017 - 8:39PM

    This is a great opportunity and Pakistan should cooperate with India and Russia.

    An alliance between India, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and China.. Now that would be great.Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 27, 2017 - 8:58PM

    @Ahmar Khan: Sorry, no Alliance with the ENEMY… Hindus–tan; To do trade Russia can sell gas to Hindus—tan; and that too not through Pakis-tani soil; Russians have agreed to do off-shore pipeline from their Off-shore Gas Terminal at Gwadar, for their gas being transported thru pipeline to Gwadar; That Russian gas is also for Pakis-tan to consume and quota is agreed; Recommend

  • Sandip
    Apr 28, 2017 - 2:29AM

    @sarah: Of course, they will burn it an enjoy. They are not fools. They know how to get their cake and eat it too.Recommend

  • James Micheal
    Apr 28, 2017 - 5:57PM

    Ahmar Khan
    Kudos
    I am from India
    I support your ideaRecommend

  • Shah
    Apr 29, 2017 - 9:22PM

    @James Micheal: No need my dear, no need; When your Hindus–tan comes to its senses, then we can do what is needed to help; At present let us lay the pipelines for oil and gas.. which Gazprom of Russia already has contract worth $2Billion to lay LPG lines from Karachi to Lahore. Next is for them to lay oil & gas pipelines worth $4Billion or a bit more from CIS states to Gwadar, and extend to off-shore terminals. Then, comes your Hindus-tan into the picture to get an off-shore gas line from Gwadar off-shore terminals; By that time in a couple of years, your Hindus-tan will be almost totally dry, choking and struggling to get gas; Of course, your bosom friends Iran & Qatar can sell you, via offshore under sea pipelines, and pay for its laying too; So, please go ahead and do it; Recommend

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