SINGAPORE, April 27 Pakistan is pushing ahead
with plans to build a gas pipeline from Iran despite strong
opposition from Islamabad's strategic ally Washington, according
to tender documents.
State agency Inter State Gas Systems, which was set up in
1996 to oversee the development of the gas pipeline, has issued
a tender inviting contractors interested in the project for
"We expect that it should be about 50-60 days from the final
day of submission, it will also depend on the number of
applicants," a technical manager at ISGS said on condition of
"We would hope to start construction for the project by end
of this year."
Another company source said the target was to see the first
flow of gas from December 2016.
The project, which is estimated to cost between $1.5 to $1.8
billion, was proposed in the 1990s but has faced numerous
delays. The United States has repeatedly urged Pakistan to drop
the project because of its sanctions on Iran.
The document invites pre-qualification for a pipeline to
transport high pressure natural gas from an off-take point near
the port city of Gawadar to a gas integration point near
(Reporting by Luke Pachymuthu; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)