Monday, September 12, 2005

Iran pipeline will be abandoned if US provides n-power plants

Iran pipeline will be abandoned if US provides n-power plants: Pak -

Tuesday September 13 2005 00:00 IST
ISLAMABAD: In wake of US pressure to abandon the $7.2 billion Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline owing to Iran's determination to enrich uranium, Pakistan will seek US cooperation for the instalment of three to four nuclear power plants, each with a 1,000 MW capacity, to overcome any energy crises that the country will most probably face 2008 onwards.

A senior official in the Planning Division told Daily Times that Pakistan had already made plans to increase its nuclear capacity to generate 8,500 MW of nuclear power.

Pakistan's current nuclear power capacity stood at 427 MW, he said, adding that Pakistan needed gas and electricity to sustain its current economic growth for the next 10 years.

In case the UN imposes sanctions on Iran, the proposed IPI project may not materialise and Pakistan will have to start work on the remaining two proposed gas pipeline projects, the Qatar-Pakistan pipeline and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan pipeline, the official said. The US had already committed itself to cooperate with India in the civil nuclear filed, he said.

Indian and Pakistani leaders have time and again said the IPI project is in the interest of both countries, but if the US pressure on Pakistan increases, the Pakistani government has plans to seek US cooperation for the instalment of the latest nuclear power plants in Pakistan, which will ensure energy supply required for the country's economic growth, the official said.

Meanwhile, President Musharraf, who arrived in New York on Sunday afternoon, was to meet US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice later on Monday at the Roosevelt Hotel._Daily Times


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