Asean extends gas pipeline cooperation

Sep 25, 2013 The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has agreed to extend the memorandum of understanding for the Trans-Asean Gas Pipeline project for another 10 years after the present agreement expires in April next year. Deputy Energy Minister Wichianchot Sukchotrat said the Southeast Asian energy ministers signed the MoU extension at the Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting held in Bali, Indonesia, on Thursday. Thailand had proposed a plan to raise awareness on energy problems among Asean nations to provide the public with knowledge for making decisions regarding energy matters, he added. Kurujit Nakornthap, the deputy permanent secretary for energy affairs, said the meeting also discussed the progress of other action plans towards energy cooperation including coal, nuclear and power grids of Southeast Asia. Participants of the two-day forum also included Asean’s dialogue partners China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Russia.