The Indian high commissioner said the Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline (IBFPL) will stand out as the “finest example” of India-Bangladesh cooperation in the energy sector.
Harsh Vardhan Shringla while receiving a train carrying gasoil from India said he was “confident” that the pipeline would be inaugurated “soon”. The pipeline is being commissioned to facilitate the supply of gasoil to Bangladesh.
A MoU was signed between the India’s Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) and the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) to commission the 130-kilometre pipeline last year on Apr 20.
A joint venture company having “equity” participation of both NRL and BPC will lay this pipeline from NRL's Siliguri marketing terminal in West Bengal to BPC's Parbatipur petroleum product storage depot in Dinajpur.
The train carrying the first consignment of Indian gasoil to Bangladesh as a “goodwill gesture” reached at Parbatipur on Saturday.
Prime Minister’s energy affairs adviser Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, and Chairman of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation Md Mahmud Reza Khan were also present.
India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister (Independent Charge) Dharmendra Pradhan earlier flagged off the train carrying 2200 tonnes of gasoil from Siliguri on Thursday.
“This event is very significant in the context of the growing friendship and cooperation between India and Bangladesh, particularly in the energy sector,” High Commissioner Shringla said.
The cooperation has been outlined in the Joint Declaration “Notun Projonmo, Nayi Disha’ adopted during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in June last year.
“We are extremely happy to partner Bangladesh in meeting its growing demand for petroleum products in the spirit of the "Notun Projonmo – Nayi Disha",” Shringla said.
He said India looked forward to greater cooperation with its closest neighbour, Bangladesh, in all sectors as “we seek to reintegrate our economies to allow them to play a more vital role in sub-regional and regional economic flows”,