Kailash Kher to perform in Pakistan
According to sources in Pakistan, "Kailash has confirmed his shows. He will be performing two shows - one in Lahore (April 13), and another in Karachi (April 14)." This will be Kailash's second visit to Pakistan, but he will be performing here for the first time.
Kailash tells us, "I had visited Pakistan in 2008. I had to do a show in Lahore but aandhi ki wajah se show cancel ho gaya tha aur phir show ho hi nahi paya. After that, I have received a number of invites to perform in Pakistan, but schedule ki wajah se kuch kar nahi paye. Iss baar jab offer aaya show karne ka, I just couldn't refuse and simply said yes."
He adds, "Agar waqt mila toh Lahore ka khana aur Karachi mein shopping ka maza lenge. Also, this Pakistan visit will be part of my first world tour which begins on April 1. I will be travelling with my band members to the UK and the US. I'm looking forward to walking across the Wagah border to
- Piyali Dasgupta, TNN
"Via Bhatinda" takes on a new meaning
Indian oil companies look to export petro products to Pakistan
With Pakistan having in principle granted the status of 'Most Favoured
Nation' to India, Indian oil companies such as Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL), Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) and GAIL India are gearing up to cash in on the opportunity by exporting petroleum products and gas to their energy-starved neighbour.
Pakistan's existing refining capacity meets only half its total domestic requirement. On the other hand, India now exports almost one fourth of its 185 million-tonne refining capacity.
HPCL, which has almost completed its nine-million metrictonnes per annum (mmtpa) refinery in Bhatinda, Punjab along with steel baron L. N. Mittal, is considering a proposal to build a 100-km long product pipeline to Lahore to export its refined products. Confirming this move, an HPCL board member told TOI, "We plan to tap the capital markets as soon as our Bhatinda refinery nears completion. A part of the IPO proceeds will be used to build a product pipeline to Lahore. We are strategically located to sell our products to Pakistan as the border is less than 50 km away from our refinery."
India's oil minister S. Jaipal Reddy had said in January that India was examining a proposal to export petroleum products to Pakistan.
"Pakistan's move to ease trade with India could translate into a big opportunity for HPCL as it will be best positioned to use its Rs 19,000 crore Bhatinda refinery as a critical gateway. It will be a pragmatic business model where revenue will more than offset relatively low investment in the pipeline," said a Mumbai-based oil analyst.
Besides, petroleum products exporting gas is also a good opportunity for India's largest gas transporter and marketer GAIL as Pakistan does not have an liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and the country is likely to experience its worst gas crisis by 2016, when the shortfall is expected to
hit over three billion cubic feet (bcf) per day.
GAIL, which recently commissioned a natural gas pipeline from India's west coast to Bhatinda in Punjab, is 25 km away from the Pakistan border and the gas utility is proposing that the line be extended to Lahore in no time. The 2,200-km Dahej-Vijaypur-Dadri-Bhantinda gas pipeline costing Rs 13,000 crore was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday.
"We are exploring all possibilities. However, the project will need clearance from the external affairs ministry," said a GAIL official when asked about extending the pipeline network to Pakistan. Even India's biggest refiner Indian Oil Corporation is exploring possibilities to connect its Panipat and Mathura refineries with the Bhatinda product pipeline so that it may also export its products to Pakistan.
A delegation, led by Pakistan's petroleum and natural resources secretary Mohammad Ejaz, is in New Delhi this week to hold talks on ways to facilitate trade in petroleum products and petrochemicals between the two nations.
Representatives from both countries are likely to meet again soon to agree on a transit fee and sign agreements for the trans-national.
- Piyush Pandey, TNN
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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