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India to export diesel to Bangladesh by train

After the ongoing exports of electricity through transmission lines, India is now set to export diesel to neighbouring Bangladesh by train, according to Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

The petroleum product will be shipped from Numaligarh refinery based in Assam to Bangladesh, according to a report of The Statesman of India published on Sunday.

"India will export diesel from Numaligarh Refinery in Assam to Parbatipur in north Bangladesh. First we will export diesel by train on experimental basis before connecting through pipelines," the newspaper quoted Dharmendra Pradhan as telling to Energy Adviser to the Bangladesh Prime Minister Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury in New Delhi on Saturday.

Eyeing the Bangladesh market in a big way for exporting petroleum products, he said a 200-km-long pipeline would be laid to export the products to the neighbouring country.

India started transmitting 500 MW electricity from West Bengal since 2013 and another 100 will be transmitted from Palatana power plant in Tripura soon.

The minister said Chennai and Paradip ports of India would be interconnected with Chittagong and Mongla ports of Bangladesh for export of the petroleum products, according to The Statement.

He said petroleum products can also be exported to Bangladesh from Paradip oil refinery scheduled to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.

"There is also preliminary discussion over to lay gas pipeline to Bangladesh from Odisha as LNG terminal is being set up here," said Pradhan.

Informing that Bangladesh has allocated to oil blocks for oil exploration, he said there had been discussions on carrying out a preliminary survey soon and initiate drilling in the blocks after the rainy season.

With the commissioning of the Paradip refinery, Pradhan said that India would be once again in a position to export petroleum products to Bangladesh. In this regard, he expressed keenness of India in setting up of marketing infrastructure in Bangladesh.

He said the officials of oil corporations had recently visited Bangladesh to discuss various energy sector projects of mutual interest to both nations.

Chowdhury said both the countries discussed to fix a timeline over oil exportation from Numaligarh refinery and other emerging issues including laying gas pipeline from Dhamra in Odisha, said The Statement newspaper.

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