India studies pipeline routes to import Myanmar gas

In a bid to diversify its energy supplies, India is sending a delegation to Myanmar to identify possible gas pipeline routes. Jaswant Singh, India's External Affairs Minister, recently visited Myanmar to discuss cooperation in the gas sector.


NEW DELHI, Feb. 20�In a bid to diversify its energy supplies, India is sending a delegation to Myanmar to identify possible gas pipeline routes.

Jaswant Singh, India's External Affairs Minister, recently visited Myanmar to discuss cooperation in the gas sector.

Two pipeline routes from Myanmar are under consideration. One would run up the Kaladan River valley to the Mizoram sector of India. It would continue via Assam and Meghalaya to link with the national grid.

The other option is an offshore pipeline from Sittwee, on the mouth of the Kaladan River, across the Bay of Bengal to land in India at West Bengal.

Bangladesh, which is between India and Myanmar, is debating whether to allow gas exports to India.

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