NEW DELHI - After fuel, India is offering to export natural gas to Pakistan to help the neighbouring country tide over its gas crisis, reported Indian Express on Wednesday.

India’s state-owned GAIL’s just commissioned natural gas pipeline from west coast to Bhatinda in Punjab is barely 25-km away from Pakistan border and the gas utility is proposing that the line can be extended to Lahore in no time for enabling the trade, Indian Express quoted sources privy to the development as saying.

GAIL plans to import liquefied natural gas or LNG (natural gas that has been liquefied at sub-zero temperature and shipped in cryogenic vessels) at Dahej or Hazira import terminals in Gujarat. It plans to move this gas through the Dahej-Vijaipur-Dadri-Bawana-Nangal-Bhatinda pipeline to Punjab and then into Pakistan.

But before a formal proposal is made to the Pakistani side, it needs the blessing of the Ministry of External Affairs, sources said. Pakistan may experience its worst gas crisis in 2016 when shortfall is expected to hit 3.021 billion cubic feet per day.