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India's shifting gas strategy

India's gas-sector strategy was based on LNG imports and international pipelines. But big domestic gas discoveries and tough economic conditions have changed that, writes Ian Lewis

GAS IS set to play an important role in India's energy mix, as the country strives to reconcile increased energy demand with the need to keep carbon-emissions growth in check. Demand will increase from 33m tonnes of oil equivalent (toe), or 5.5% of the overall primary-energy mix in 2007, to around 113m toe by 2030, more than 10% of the total, according to the International Energy Agency. Securing supplies to meet such an increase is a big undertaking, requiring action on several fronts. In the first half of the last decade, plans for ambitious gas-import pipelines from Iran, Myanmar (Burma) and further afield were given serious consideration and several liquefied natural gas (LNG) import p

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