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Pakistan faces gas price issue with Turkmenistan regarding Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project as Turkmenistan has shown reluctance to export gas below $11.4 per million British thermal unit (MMBTU).

Faced with a deep energy crisis due to gas shortage that cannot be overcome overnight, the government considers importing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), increasing efficiency of bulk gas users to reduce demands and setting standards to promote energy efficient electrical equipment, says Dr Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, energy adviser to the prime minister.

Pakistan and Iran are said to have agreed to resolve the disputes on gas pipeline project in accordance with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), sources in Petroleum Ministry told Business Recorder.

The plan, expected to be approved by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani soon, contains several suggestions contrary to government policies, like allowing import of second-hand refineries and offering them a tax holiday.

Pakistan contributes little to greenhouse gas emission and global climate change. Its total energy-related carbon dioxide emission, measure about 100 million tons, out of which, 46 percent is from oil-related emissions, 45 percent from gas and 9 percent from coal, an Asian Development Bank Study report said.

Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI: Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora on Friday said that he had sought big time participation of Indian companies in the Russian oil and gas fields, particularly in East Siberia, and had expressed interest in importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Moscow to meet its ever growing energy needs.

Increasing awareness of the need for green living has prompted considerable research activity in every walk of life in the US. The vigorous effort to identify sustainable sources for generation of clean energy is a case in point. For quite some time, , ideas of a "bridging fuel' have diverted attention to ethanol and, lately, to liquefied natural gas. The clamour for a lasting alternative to fossil fuels has, indeed, helped kick-start intensive research pro grammes. Resolution passed

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