Russia, Pakistan working out energy cooperation roadmap

Russia and Pakistan will soon draft a roadmap for energy cooperation, the Russian Energy Ministry said in a press release following a session of the Russia-Pakistan working group.

The Russian delegation included representatives of the Energy Ministry, Gazprom EP International, OJSC Stroytransgaz, Inter RAO UES (RTS: IRAO), Power Machines (RTS: SILM) and Technopromexport.

The working group at its meeting looked at cooperation between Russia and Pakistan in the gas sphere, electricity, energy saving, renewable and non-conventional energy and coal.

Delegates agreed to work on opportunities for investment and ways for Russian companies to participate in energy projects in Pakistan.

They welcomed the possibility of Russian companies contributing to the development of infrastructure in Pakistan's oil and gas industry, in particular the construction of the Turkmenistan - Afghanistan - Pakistan - India and Iran - Pakistan gas pipelines; and electricity, notably the overhaul and modernization of the Muzaffargarh power plant (three 470 MW turbines) and Tarbela plant (three 470 MW turbines) and delivery of equipment produced by Power Machines.

The working group will hold its next and third meeting in Moscow in the first half of 2013.

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