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Govt wants joint offshore exploration with Myanmar
Jannatul Ferdousy 
Publish Date : 2014-08-28,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 23
The government is going to propose Myanmar to explore oil and gas in the Bay of Bengal jointly this month. 
The proposal was expected to be placed at a meeting at the foreign ministry level between Bangladesh and Myanmar later this month.
On August 3, the state -owned oil and gas company Petrobangla wrote to the Energy Division to prepare the proposal.
"As an experienced country we need the assistance of Myanmar for exploring offshore energy. After drafting, the proposal was supposed to be submitted to the Ministry, but until now the Energy Division does not know whether the proposal will be sent to the Ministry or not," Energy Secretary Abu Bakar Siddique said.
The Petrobangla Chairman Prof Hossain Mansur did not respond to a query of The Daily Observer about the issue.
The proposal will focus mainly on three points. Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company BAPEX and Myanmar National Oil Company will work together for exploring gas in the Bay. Gas will be imported from Myanmar and the imported gas will be supplied to the fertilizer factories, said an official of the Energy Ministry.
Additionally, Petrobangla will need to enter 6-10 nm in Myanmar for conducting 2D and 3D survey in the deep sea. "So we need their support and this was discussed at a meeting recently," he added.
After the settlement of the maritime boundary disputes with India and Myanmar, Russia and India have expressed their interest in joint exploration in the deep sea. India is likely to make a proposal to Bangladesh in this connection. 

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