NEW DELHI, April 22 - India plans to build a gas pipeline from Bangladesh to India to feed the northeastern States.
Referring to his visit to Bangladesh, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said that India proposes to set up a LPG terminal at Chittagong Port and construct a pipeline to supply gas to the North East. The terminal at Chittagong will connect the northeastern States through pipeline,� the Minister said.
The LNG terminal will also feed the markets of Bangladesh, he said.
India has proposed to set up the LPG import terminal at Chittagong and the Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline. Indian Oil Corporation Limited is likely to execute the project.
Elaborating, Pradhan said that the northeastern States frequently suffer disruptions in supply of petroleum products, including LPG. The pipeline will be an alternate route and a gateway to the North East, he said.
A MoU between IOCL and BPC on broad aspects of cooperation in downstream oil and gas sector opportunities in Bangladesh was also signed during the visit. The MoU, inter-alia, paves the way for discussion on setting up an LPG import terminal at the coastal belt of Chittagong district, marketing of LPG and developing related infrastructure in Bangladesh, transportation LPG from Chittagong to Tripura and any other form of hydrocarbon sector-related cooperation of common interest as may be agreed by the IOCL and the BPC. The IOCL would also be conducting a feasibility study for construction of the LPG import terminal and pipeline from Chittagong to Tripura.