India-US strategic power partnership takes deep roots: Taranjit Singh Sandhu

Washington, September 18

The strategic power partnership between India and America has taken deep roots in a brief span of time, India’s prime diplomat to the US has mentioned, asserting that this cooperation may energise the financial restoration of each the nations.

The US remained a vital accomplice for India in assembly the event aspirations of 1.three billion individuals, India’s ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu mentioned, including that there was no subject of human endeavour the place each India and the US are usually not cooperating.

“However, some of the pillars of bilateral relations have emerged crucial over the years. Energy is one such,” he mentioned whereas addressing the 2020 Natural Gas Summit which was organised nearly by the US Department of Energy Thursday.

The summit was additionally addressed by Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Director of the White House National Economic Council Larry Kudlow.

“In a short span of two years, it is gratifying to know that our strategic energy partnership has taken deep roots. India offers a huge market. Our energy requirement would only increase as we move up the development trajectory under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Sandhu mentioned.

Observing that power safety was very important to India’s nationwide safety, he mentioned the United States was abound in power assets and main applied sciences, together with pure gasoline.

“The complementarities and synergies are striking. I also believe that India, US energy partnership can energise the economic recovery in both deletions,” Sandhu mentioned.

India is now the fourth-largest worldwide marketplace for US crude oil and the fifth largest for US LNG. The bilateral hydrocarbon commerce has touched $9.2 billion throughout 2019-20, marking a 93 per cent enhance over 2017-18 figures.

The numbers would develop in future with Indian corporations getting into into extra long-term contracts.

“We welcome the entry of US LNG in the global markets as it offers us more diversity in our exports thus augmenting our energy security order. Further, US supplies have enhanced liquidity, flexibility and transparency of the global energy market,” Sandhu mentioned, including that India remained centered on expediting the event of gasoline infrastructure throughout the nation, particularly gasoline pipelines, LNG terminals, metropolis gasoline distribution networks, biogas initiatives.

Investment alternatives of over $60 billion in growing gasoline infrastructure and related industries have been created, as the federal government strives in the direction of a gas-based financial system within the nation.

“We are developing a one nation one gas grid system,” he mentioned, noting that the share of gasoline within the general power basket was more likely to double within the subsequent 10 years.

“To promote the usage of energy in the transport sector, India is looking at developing the LNG retail ecosystem, along with national and state highways in India. There are a lot of opportunities for the US industries out there,” Sandhu mentioned, including that waste to power was one other focus space for India.

The ambassador mentioned that given the pandemic led provide and demand distortions, the business contracts between LNG exporters and importers entered earlier wanted to be resilient and adaptive to market realities.

“A timely and appropriate initiative from the US government will go a long way in restoring the confidence of Indian LNG buyers in the US projects, and would help greater LNG import growth in coming years,” he mentioned. PTI

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