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Posted at: Dec 6, 2016, 12:20 AM; last updated: Dec 6, 2016, 12:20 AM (IST)

Indian energy firms must become multinational: PM

Indian energy firms must become multinational: PM
PM Narendra Modi launches the Petrotech App as Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan (R) looks on at the PETROTECH-2016 in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 5

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Indian energy companies must become multinational and work towards India-Middle East, India-Central Asia, and India-South Asia energy corridors.

While addressing the inaugural session of Petrotech conference, the Prime Minister said India is today the world’s fastest growing large economy. This growth has been supported by a series of policy measures.

“Our policies are focused on improving India’s long-term economic and social prospects, rather than on short-term headlines. Our efforts are showing results in terms of economic growth and development,” he added.

He said “Our proactive foreign policy and energy diplomacy is helping us to strengthen our ties with neighbouring countries”.

“I hope our oil and gas sector companies will take the opportunity to tie up with their foreign counterparts to explore for more equity oil”, the Prime Minister said.

“Indian energy companies must become multinational and work towards India-Middle East, India-Central Asia, and India-South Asia energy corridors”, he said.

Stating that the country needs to increase domestic oil and gas production and reduce import dependence, he said, “I have set a target to reduce import dependence by 10% by 2022. This will have to be achieved during the period of increasing oil consumption.” Emphasising that hydrocarbons will remain the most important source of energy for many years to come, he said India is poised to account for one fourth of the incremental global energy demand between 2013 and 2040.

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