India plans to build a pipeline to carry high-speed diesel (HSD) to Bangladesh, similar to a project it announced last week to supply fuel to Nepal. A formal proposal on the friendship project could be announced when Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina meets her Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. The cross-border pipeline will run from Siliguri in West Bengal to Parbatipur in northern Bangladesh. Until the project is completed, HSD will be transported from Assam’s Numaligarh Refinery to Bangladesh via rail and one such consignment will be flagged off by the two prime ministers. In fact, supplies to Bangladesh has already begun from Numaligarh Refinery. Each consignment will travel some 516 kms – 253 km in India and 263 km in Bangladesh – on an existing rail line. Numaligarh Refinery and BPC have signed a sale-purchase agreement, which includes a joint initiative for the construction of a 131-km pipeline, with a capacity to carry 1 million metric tonnes a year of fuel products, to Parbatipur from Siliguri. The countries are also contemplating building a 6,900-km gas pipeline that is proposed to link Chittagong in Bangladesh and Sitwe in Myanmar with India’s northeastern states. The pipeline project is part of the government’s Hydrocarbon Vision-2030 for the northeastern region.
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