Atul Aneja

DUBAI: Qatar has agreed to consider meeting India’s additional long-term demand for natural gas following talks between the visiting Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Murli Deora, and Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah.

India is seeking Liquefied Natural Gas for the Dahej and Kochi terminals. Top officials of RasGas from Qatar and India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and Petronet LNG Limited will now hold separate talks over the supply of up to five million tonnes to India, a Petroleum Ministry statement said.

Mr. Al-Attiyah expressed his keenness to see the Dabhol and Hazira pipelines during a visit to India.