Russian team arrives for talks on pipeline project

Statesman Report

KARACHI: Pakistan and Russia on Monday began three-day-long negotiations to finalize an agreement to start work on the over $2 billion North-South Gas Pipeline Project (NSGPP), an energy ministry official said.

The agreement will be the latest in a series of energy-related pacts between Pakistan and Russia, former Cold War foes who have grown closer in recent years.

The North-South pipeline to deliver gas from Pakistan’s coastal regions to industrial areas in the north has been held up since 2015 due to a disagreement over fees and United States sanctions against Russian state conglomerate Rostec.

An official at the energy ministry’s petroleum division confirmed to Arab News on Monday that the visiting Russian delegation had arrived. It will remain in Pakistani until November 18 for wide ranging talks on the pipeline project. �