ISLAMABAD - The future of the much-talked-about Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project seems to be in doldrums again as some hidden forces reportedly have opposed its implementation, TheNation learnt reliably. As per details, the hidden forces told the government that the project was financially and strategically not viable and therefore, be scrapped. According to sources in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, some forces, especially oil and gas companies and furnace oil importers, were opposing tooth and nail the deal that Pakistan and Iran quietly signed in Turkey on June 5, 2009. These forces having vested interests are making efforts to undermine the agreement for the sake of their petty group interests, the sources claimed. They pointed out that under the deal, Pakistan decided to purchase only 750 mmcfd gas for 25 years, renewable for another five years. Delivery point of the gas will be at the Iran-Pakistan border near Gwadar at a minimum pressure of 55 Barg (800 psig). The project on completion will be able to support 4,000MW of power generation capacity and therefore, would have saved $2 billion worth oil imports annually. Though there is strong criticism of the gas price agreed upon by the two countries, which is much higher than originally agreed by Iran. Pakistan and Iran agreed in January 2007 on a gas price formula, which linked the delivered gas price at Pakistans border to Japanese Crude Cocktail (JCC), on an average crude oil parity of 45 per cent. Iran took the plea that its parliament had decided that the price of gas to be exported should match the price being paid by its other buyers, namely Turkey and Armenia. Accordingly, Iran offered a revised price having an average crude oil parity of 78 per cent. The sources also revealed that Advisor on Petroleum and Natural Resources is also likely to become victim of the controversy surrounding the gas pipeline project and he may lose his portfolio in the forthcoming cabinet reshuffle. Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Privatisation is likely to get this portfolio. The sources also feared that with the possible scrapping of the deal, the countrys plan to have energy security would also be jeopardised.