Author: S D Muni
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129106442
India’s search for energy security is assuming challenging dimensions. In the broad framework of India’s approach to its Asian neighbours, this study explores India’s extended neighbourhood for the prospects of energy cooperation. The study focuses on four countries-Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam and Iran-about which there exists a considerable information gap in the public domain. While Bangladesh’s decision to supply its surplus gas is trapped in its internal politics, other neighbours of India, particularly Iran and Myanmar, offer encouraging prospects for energy cooperation.
India’s bilateral relations with these countries are cordial and cooperative and its has adopted innovative strategies to harness their energy potential. The study suggests that there is scope for India to encourage its private sector also, to strengthen its search for energy security. The study also looks into the structures of energy decision-making in these countries and political imperatives of such decisions with regard to energy cooperation with India.
It would be nice if this study generates wider discussion and debate, as that would help us in locating the gaps in the study and also identifying areas where we could and should have done more. On the whole, the work on this study has been an extremely educative and intellectually rewarding experience.
SECTION ONE: INTRODUCTION
India and its Extended Neighbourhood
India’s Energy Security
SECTION TWO: BANGLADESH
Bangladesh Gas Reserves and Energy Decision-Making
Bangladesh Gas Exports: To Be Or Not To be!
Prospects of Energy Cooperation Between India and Bangladesh
SECTION THREE: MYANMAR
Evolution of a Relationship
Myanmar’s Oil and Gas Reserves
Energy Decision-Making in Myanmar
Myanmar’s Energy Trade and Prospects of Cooperation with India
SECTION FOUR: VIETNAM
Vietnam’s Oil and Gas Potential
Vietnam’s Energy Decision-Making and Trade
India And Vietnam: Prospects of Energy Cooperation
SECTION FIVE: IRAN
Iran’s Energy Potential
Energy Decision-Making in Iran
Iran’s Energy Trade and Relations
India-Iran Energy Relations