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GOI Failure On Diplomatic Front Also In Securing Energy Deals

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  • Ravinder Sekhon
    GOI Failure On Diplomatic Front Also In Securing Energy Deals GOI has failed everywhere on energy front. When we have chaprasi grade ministers and jokers in
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2007
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      GOI Failure On Diplomatic Front Also In Securing Energy Deals

      GOI has failed everywhere on energy front. When we have chaprasi grade ministers and jokers in people like Mani Shanker Aiyer in the ministry and only professional is grossly incompetent and extremely corrupt in RV Shahi, India is heading for disaster.
      India has failed to get gas deals with Iran, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and Myanmar in their tenure, India has very little success in Hydro Power, thermal projects are held up in procedures, there is little progress in energy conservation & reducing T&D losses.
      Manmohan Singh government led the world in installing electricity meters that run fast.
      No country/ government or company can run competently when you have mediocre in Manmohan Singh, Montek & Shahi kind of people.
      As told you earlier also it is very easy to step up coal production by adding more excavators and trucks.
      I can easily address these issues and provide innovative solutions to our development problems.
      Ravinder Singh May01, 2007

      "Sanjay Jadhav" <sanjayjadhav1999@...> --------

      Can we resolve power crisis without resolving shortage of coal? I believe coal shortage can be overcome by mining of coal in private sector in addition to investment by Sarkari Coal companies. Certainly R V Shahi has not played with Coal debacle. Please let me know other possible solution.
      Sanjay Jadhav
      Myanmar gas blocks’ award to China a setback for India
      Failure To Negotiate Trilateral Transfer Deal With Myanmar & Bangladesh Costs Nation Dear

      Nirmala Ganapthy NEW DELHI ET May01, 2007 P-2

         THE RESEARCH and Analysis Wing, India’s external intelligence agency, has said that the decision by the Myanmar government to award gas contracts for A-1 and A-3 blocks in the Rakhne offshore area to China will `adversely affect’ India’s plans to exploit the Myanmar energy sector.

         A RAW analysis, which warns against the increasing presence of China in Myanmar and acknowledges that India lost out to China, says that the imminent award of the contract to China for these two blocks, in which ONGC Videsh and Gas Authority of India Limited have 20% and 10% stakes, respectively, is a setback for India.

         The intelligence agency acknowledges that ONGC Videsh and Gail were considered the favourites, but that China’s backing for the military dictatorship in the United Nations Security Council against a US-led initiative swung the contract in China’s favour.

         However, there is a strong point of view that it was also the government’s own failure to act which contributed to the blocks going to China. India had signed a bilateral agreement with Myanmar in January 2005 to import gas through Bangladesh. However, the trilateral negotiations collapsed after New Delhi refused to accommodate Dhaka’s insistence that three bilateral issues, including addressing the trade imbalance, be included in the final agreement. At that juncture, the Ministry of External Affairs had objected to the three clauses. Sources in the government said that the Burmese were eager to sell gas to India as they didn’t want over-dependence on China but India’s failure to come up with a viable solution to transport the gas for two years led to Myanmar turning to China.

         RAW says that China and Myanmar have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding on March 14, 2007, under which Myanmar has agreed to sell the entire natural gas to be generated from A- 1 and A-3 blocks to China through a proposed pipeline. The agency says that China has offered to pay $150 million annually, for 30 years, as transit fee for laying the pipeline, which will have offshoot pipelines along its 900 km length. The MoU has to be formalised through a contract.

         The intelligence agency says that chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) Than Shwe had summoned the country’s minister for energy Lun Thi and directed him to award the contact for constructing and laying of a dual pipeline to transport oil and natural gas from Myanmar to China. The intelligence agency says that it was `categorically stated’ by Mr Shwe that China should be awarded the contract because of its strong backing in the UNSC and for this reason Russia should also be given concessions.

         The proposed pipeline will also help Myanmar transport its gas domestically due to the offshoots, and China has also assured that it will complete the construction work on the pipeline within 20 months of signing the contract.

         This is a major setback as India was looking at Burma as a major energy partner and the gas from Myanmar would have been the cheapest option available, an official said and added that now the energy supply has been cut off.
      The official added that China is also looking at Myanmar as a strategic partner.

         In fact, the government has said that the natural gas from Myanmar would have been the most economical export option as the distance from the gas field to the India-Myanmar border is just 290 km. India has also been told by Myanmar that it is considering selling the gas to China.

         Another worry for India is that China has now completely cornered the market. China’s National Petroleum Corporation has secured production sharing contracts to explore oil and gas at three offshore deep sea blocks AD-1, AD-6 and AD-8. In fact RAW analyses that these blocks were also awarded by the State Peace and Development Council because China and Russia vetoed a draft resolution in the UNSC to ease repression and release prisoners in Myanmar. With the acquisition of the three blocks, China now has a total of six offshore blocks and five onshore blocks.

         While Gail and Silver Wave Energy signed a production sharing contract for the Exploration and Production of Petroleum with Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise in December last year, sources say India can still tap Myanmar’s vast gas reserves and that the government still wants to sell gas to India.

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