January 7, 2005
government decides on gas pipeline
Minister for Energy and Minerals, AKM Mosharrof Hossain, will attend an international gas pipeline
conference in Rangoon, Burma.
duty will be to decide on whether a gas pipeline will be built through Bangladesh.
The conference will run from the 12th to the 13th of January 2005.
According to a report, the meeting will be attended by the
Indian Petroleum Minister, Burmese officials and Mr Hossain after Bangladesh
accepted a formal invitation from Burma's
military government has agreed to sell its gas to India,
but the government has not yet decided on the route of the gas pipeline will
export to India,
a local source said.
The aim of the talks are to
convince the Bangladesh
government of the benefits of the pipeline. The construction of the gas
pipeline will commence at the end of the year once the Bangladesh
government agrees to let the pipeline run through it's
will make annual US $125 million revenue from the gas the pipeline transports.
US$ 100 million will come from a wheeling charge and US$ 25 million as
In addition, Bangladesh
will get the right of way revenue from the pipeline and
there will be an investment of US$
150 million that will also create employment
opportunities for Bangladeshi
The afore-mentioned facts are likely to convince the Bangladesh
government to give its final approval for the gas pipeline to be constructed
through its territory, the source said.
The pipeline will cross the Bangladesh
border through Brahmanbaria from the Indian state of Tripura, and it will cross into west Bengal
through the Rajshahi border.
the gas pipeline will extend along the Kaladan
River, which runs from the Arakan state's capital of Akyab
to the Tripura state of India.
The minister will fly to Rangoon
on January the 11th, along with other two top
businessmen including chairman of Petrobangla, a distinguished petroleum firm from Bangladesh.
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