ISLAMABAD - Sui Southern Gas Company Limited and Frontier Works Organisation are being tipped to take leading role in mechanical and civil works related to IP gas pipeline project, sources said on Wednesday.

Talks between Pakistan and Iran on IP gas pipeline project Wednesday reached a unanimous consensus that state owned SSGCL would initiate mechanical works while the FWO, a subsidiary of the armed forces, would carry the civil works of the project while laying pipeline from Gabd to Nawabshah inside Pakistan's territory.

In a bid to materialize the long awaited dream of importing Iranian gas to the country, a final decision between two states is likely towards determining estimated per kilometre cost of constructing pipeline in Pakistani portion. Both side agreed to present their respective estimated cost in today's meeting and a final decision in this regard is also likely.

The project that will be completed by December 2014 will first bring 750 million cubic feet gas per day through 781-kilometre-long pipeline with a diameter of 42 inches, and later on, the gas flow will increase to 1 billion cubic feet per day. During talks Iranian delegation was headed by deputy chief of Tadbir Company and Pakistan's side is led by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources secretary that also included managing director of the Inter-State Gas Systems (ISGS) and senior officials of the finance and law ministries.