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Wednesday, 14 November, 2001, 04:57 GMT
Bangladesh delays decision on gas export
The Bangladeshi Government says it will need more time than originally planned to reach a decision on whether to allow the export of natural gas.

The energy minister, Mosharraf Hossain, said the government would form two committees with local experts to assess the country's gas reserves and whether they met domestic demand.

Last month, the minister announced that a decision allowing foreign companies to export natural gas by pipeline would be taken by the end of November.

The move came after the American oil company, Unocal, submitted a plan to the Bangladeshi government to build a pipeline to export gas to India.

The project faces strong political opposition as many Bangladeshis feel it would be wrong to sell gas to a foreign country.

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