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USTDA AWARDS GRANT FOR NATIONAL GAS GRID PROJECT IN INDIA

 

NEW DELHI – (July 3, 2006) Promoting the development of India’s energy resources to help meet the nation’s growing energy needs is the goal of a U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) grant awarded today to the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.  The $690,000 grant will partially fund technical assistance for the National Gas Grid project in India.  The project is part of a major energy infrastructure program that India is undertaking to meet its increasing energy demands.  PPAC Director Ram Singh and Richard Christenson, Acting Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, signed the agreement on behalf the Indian and U.S. governments, respectively.

 

The Government of India has conceptualized a major energy infrastructure program to build a natural gas transmission pipeline network that will eventually reach all major energy consuming areas in India.  The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has identified this project as a major component of its long-term energy policy.  Expanded access to, and utilization of, natural gas is expected to facilitate economic growth and maintain sufficient energy supplies to avoid potential shortages as India's energy demand grows. 

 

The technical assistance will address:  (1) the physical interconnections of the pipelines and related capacity issues; (2) technology to manage, monitor and control the gas grid as an integrated operating system with a high degree of system reliability; (3) requirements and options for natural gas storage; (4) pipeline integrity and pipeline safety operations and technology; (5) gas transportation tariffs and practices, along with related technologies; and (6) pipeline systems security from a design and operations perspective. 

 

This grant represents an example of the U.S.-Indian private and public sector cooperative efforts underway as a part of the U.S. – India Energy Dialogue, which was launched in 2005.  The goal of this Dialogue is to promote increased trade and investment in the energy sector by working with the public and private sectors to further identify areas of cooperation and collaboration.  The Dialogue builds upon the broad range of existing energy cooperation between the two countries, as well as providing a forum for developing new avenues of joint effort.

The opportunity to provide this technical assistance under the grant awarded today will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fedbizopps.gov.  Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions contained in the Federal Business Opportunities announcement.  The Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell will select the U.S. contractor that will provide the assistance. 

 

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries.  The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment.  USTDA’s strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development.  In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.

 

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