Asean applies for observer status in EU energy meet


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 02 Jul 2003

BY IAN MCINTYRE

LANGKAWI: Asean senior energy officials are applying for observer status to the European Union's Energy Charter Treaty to study the possibility of using its module as a legal framework for cross-border interconnections. 

The Asean Senior Officials Meeting on Energy chairman Datuk Dr Halim Shafie said the Energy Charter could provide the impetus for Asean members to enjoy a more meaningful and productive relationship when confronted with realising cross-border energy interconnections. 

The Energy Charter Secretariat, which is based in Brussels sent its secretary-general, Dr Ria Kemper, to attend the 21st Asean Senior Officials Meeting on Energy here. 

Dr Halim, who is also Energy, Communications and Multimedia Ministry secretary-general, said the 51-member Charter of mostly European nations had set an example in developing a legal framework for cross-border energy interconnections.  

Asean energy officials are monitoring closely the work on the two-mega energy infrastructures, which will become a reality by 2020. 

The gas pipeline project, which connects gas grids of net exporters like Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia with gas importers like the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. 

The 4,500km pipeline will link gas demand and utilisation centres with a pipeline infrastructure tapping the gas fields of Natuna (Indonesia), the Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea and Sumatra.  

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