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Pakistan needs energy help from Iran
UPI ^ | 8/21/2009 | Staff

Posted on 08/22/2009 9:59:57 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Tehran and Islamabad should move in harmony to expand bilateral energy relations as Pakistan struggles to overcome a looming energy crisis, officials say.

Islamabad and Tehran in June signed a bilateral deal for the proposed 1,724-mile Iran-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline. Pakistan would receive 750 million cubic feet per day from the South Pars gas field in Iran to generate electricity under the terms of a 25-year deal.

Mian Shaukat Masud, the president of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told a delegation from Tehran that Iran should increase energy exports to Pakistan, the Pakistani newspaper News International reports.

Pakistan is facing an acute energy crisis, he said, and Iran should enhance its exports to help Pakistan overcome power shortages.

He added trade between the two countries has yet to reach its full potential on a variety of fronts, as Iran has expressed interest in expanded electricity exports as well.

Iran agreed to a recent deal to extend a $55 million line of credit to Pakistan for transmission lines for 1,000 MW of electricity.

IPI overcame key hurdles with the June agreement, though pricing terms and security concerns continue to hamper development.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: energy; iran; islamabad; pakistan; southasia; tehran
This would be a nice story about cooperation if it wasn't for the two countries involved.
1 posted on 08/22/2009 9:59:57 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

First step of cooperation, maybe military?


2 posted on 08/22/2009 10:03:03 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."-Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Remember, Pakistan was the Taliban’s strongest ally and only helped us when they realized we would cut a swath straight through them to get to Afghanistan in 2001. Iran knows that if Pakistan falls Afghanistan is lost. Right now they have American troops on two borders. They would like that to change.


3 posted on 08/22/2009 10:16:23 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (All grey areas are fabrications.)
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To: Pan_Yan
Barack Hussein bin Obama al-Kenyata should be able to broker that deal.

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4 posted on 08/22/2009 10:33:16 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: Pan_Yan

What strikes me is Iran wants to export natural gas to enable Pakistan to generate power. Why doesn’t Iran use natural gas to generate power rather than claim they need to develop nuclear power to provide electricity?


5 posted on 08/22/2009 11:11:41 PM PDT by meatloaf (Obama, Obozo ... what's the difference?)
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To: meatloaf

How am I supposed to answer that rhetorical question?


6 posted on 08/22/2009 11:14:29 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (All grey areas are fabrications.)
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To: Pan_Yan

You’re not. It points out additional evidence for Iran’s real interest in nuclear power. It’s not about real power (electrical) to the people.


7 posted on 08/23/2009 12:01:23 AM PDT by meatloaf (Obama, Obozo ... what's the difference?)
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To: Pan_Yan

I agree with that 100 percent


8 posted on 08/23/2009 12:03:53 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."-Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Pan_Yan

Pakistan’s energy woes
Published: July 24, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Pakistan’s energy sector is bedeviled by both massive theft and terrorist attacks.

On July 24 The News Online quoted a highly placed source in the country’s power sector that power thefts in Karachi and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas cost the country revenue losses of $227.4 million annually.

The source added that the power distribution companies cover the losses by shifting the shortfall to consumers who pay their bills, commenting, “This amount is going to further increase with the installation of 10 steel furnaces in the tribal areas. Although, the owners of these furnaces will reap windfall profits by evading power bills, the public is going to suffer more.”

Besides fiscal theft, Pakistan’s energy infrastructure also suffers from terrorist attacks. On July 23 police said that militants blew up a 30-foot section of a 16-inch natural gas transmission line in Khayari village in Faiz Gunj in Khairpur district, forcing the suspension of gas supplies to Sukkur and Rohri.

Bomb Disposal Squad Inspector Malik Tahir said that the explosive device was locally made and contained 25 pounds of explosives.


9 posted on 08/23/2009 12:18:45 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."-Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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Pakistani Energy Consumption
10 posted on 08/23/2009 12:22:04 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."-Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Forgiven_Sinner; grey_whiskers; BlueDragon; LittleBillyInfidel; liberty75; wtc911; 31R1O; ...

Pakistan ۋﮧ۱م

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11 posted on 08/23/2009 6:23:15 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat (To err is human, to think is Vulcan)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Modern technology and 14th century cultures don’t mix well.


12 posted on 08/23/2009 10:40:15 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (All grey areas are fabrications.)
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To: Pan_Yan

You are absolutely correct.


13 posted on 08/23/2009 7:43:07 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."-Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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