Pakistan plans a gas pipeline to Western China

23 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Pakistan plans a gas pipeline to Western China</h1><p>April 23 (EIRNS)--Pakistan is considering a plan to build a natural gas pipeline from the Arabian Sea to China, Pakistani Prime Minister Shaulkat Aziz said upon his return from Beijing, Bloomberg reports.</p><p>Prime Minister Aziz pointed out that Pakistan has an "unique" relationship with China, and Pakistan is keen to help China secure its energy sources. The two countries signed a year gago to cooperate on energy, including the construction of an oil refinery and storage facility in Pakistan's coastal areas to help China gain access to oil and gas from Central Asia and the Middle East. China is financially helping Pakistan to build its third port (Karachi and Port Kassim are the other two) at Gwadar in Baluchistan coast at a stone's throw from the Strait of Hormuz.</p><p>The proposed pipeline can bring gas to Pakistan and then to China avoiding the increasingly congested Malacca Strait, Aziz said. Pakistan is also involved in a dialog with Iran and India on an Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline which will pipe in gas from Iran.</p><p>"We are going to build energy pipelines in the region and meet our energy needs through the most efficient way. Our national interest dictates that we create more options and opportunities for energy flow into Pakistan," said Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who was a former Vice President of Citicorp and was drawn into politics by President Musharraf.</p></div></body>