The potential for increased cooperation between Russia and India in the energy sphere is immense, with investors in both nations looking to expand mutually beneficial projects, Indiaâs energy minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, told RT.
âThereâs a lot of ongoing cooperative work in the sector of petroleum and natural gas [between Russia and India]. It contains tremendous potential,â Indiaâs minister of petroleum and natural gas and head of his countryâs delegation to Russiaâs Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) said.
He noted that Russia has many ongoing projects in the energy arena in India and is looking to further invest in the country, as was expressed at a number of meetings with Russian companies at the EEF this week. According to Puri, Indiaâs investments in Russiaâs energy sector amount to some $16 billion, while Russia has invested around $14 billion in India.Â
Puri also stated that Indiaâs import dependence on liquid hydrocarbons and gas is about 85%, while only about 1% of the countryâs energy imports come from Russia. As India forecasts its economy to grow to $5 trillion in the next three to four years, he expects the countryâs energy per capita consumption to grow âexponentially,â giving further ground for boosting energy cooperation between the two states.
âWeâve got the roadmap in terms of the potential [in the energy sphere]. Both sides would want long-term agreements which provide predictability, stability and prices,â Puri said.
He added that he expects a âfascinating dialogueâ about expanding energy inflows to India in the near future, as the countryâs energy demand makes it a rather attractive market.Â
âNo matter where you find oil and gas, somebody has to consume it. Many existing markets have reached a point where they have their sources, they have imports. India is one country where you canât go wrong on the demand assessment. So potentially itâs a fascinating dialogue to have,â Puri said.
âIndia is in need of energy and energy sources are here [in Russia]. Russia and India are strategic partners in energy and nobody has a second opinion on that,â he concluded.
During the EEF plenary session on Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke positively about energy cooperation between India and Russia. He said it can bring stability to the global energy market, calling it a âmajor pillar of our strategic partnership.â
In his virtual address, Modi said Indian workers were taking part in gas projects in the âAmur region, from Yamal to Vladivostok and onward to Chennai.â He added that Indian authorities âenvisage an energy and trade bridge.â
âI am happy that the Chennai-Vladivostok maritime corridor is making headway. This connectivity project, along with the International North-South [Transport] Corridor will bring India and Russia physically closer to each other,â Modi stated.
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