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Pipeline to India gets resuscitated.

The much discussed Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline is ready for yet another revival in the coming weeks.

The Asian Age newspaper quoted Indian Petroleum Minister Murli Deora as saying the main obstacle is the delivery point of the natural gas transferred from Iran.

"They [Iran] have said that the delivery point will be the Iranian border. We don't agree," the minister said. India wants the delivery point to be on the Pakistan-India border.

Deora said outstanding issues with Pakistan, like transit fees, are less important, saying: "These issues can be resolved easily, but the main issue is the delivery point."

India's great concern is what happens if Pakistan decides to cut the flow of gas during political tension. If the delivery point is the Iran-Pakistan border, as Iran insists, then India must pay for whatever gas crosses that border, even if it never gets to India. If the delivery point is the India-Pakistan border, then India doesn't pay unless the gas reaches India.
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Title Annotation:Energy: Keeping the world moving
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Date:Nov 13, 2009
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