The World Bank has expressed its readiness to fund the Iran-Pakistan-India
gas pipeline and described the $7 billion project as a `win-win deal'' despite
US reservations about the project.
Bank vice president Praful Patel said although the bank has not been approached
by Pakistan to this effect formally or informally, the bank was ready to fund
as and when approached.
gas pipeline project is a win-win project for Pakistan and India besides being
good and quite feasible in catering to the energy needs of Pakistan and India,"
IPI project materialises, Pakistan would get an annual transit fee from India,
which would play a pivotal role in strengthening its economy, Patel said.
said the bank also supports the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) gas pipeline
project. "If Pakistan would come to ask for funding for any of the pipelines,
the World Bank would seriously consider extending the funding," he said.
The bank would
give a serious consideration to finance these projects if approached, he said.
An Iranian oil
official, meanwhile, suggested that Iran would welcome any involvement by the
Russian oil giant Gazprom in the project, adding it would speed progress.
Nozari, managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company, did not say whether
Iran had been in contact with Gazprom on the issue and failed to provide details
on what kind of participation he had in mind.
is a capable and big company and if it enters the peace pipeline,
it will help with the progress and speed up the operation," Iranian news
agency ISNA quoted him as saying.