New Delhi: Union minister of petroleum and natural gas & steel Dharmendra Pradhan Tuesday invited United Arab Emirates (UAE) to once again participate in the strategic oil storage project at Chandikhol in Odisha.

Pradhan, on the sidelines of the 8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable in Abu Dhabi, met his UAE counterpart, minister of energy and industry Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei and urged him to participate in the two strategic oil storage projects at Chandikhol in Odisha and Padur in Karnataka.

The two leaders talked about further bilateral ties between the two countries for strategic cooperation. India-UAE cooperation in the development of hydrocarbon sector was also discussed. Pradhan also suggested that UAE should explore the possibility of importing steel from India.

Dharmendra Pradhan held a series of bilateral discussions with leaders from other countries besides addressing the opening session of the 8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable in Abu Dhabi.

Addressing a session on ‘Advancing Inclusive Access to Secure, Affordable, and Sustainable Energy Services’ , the India petroleum minister said, “Now, India is the third-largest energy consumer in the world, and its energy demand is growing faster than all major economies of the world. Our share of total global primary energy demand is set to double to 11% by 2040. We are preparing for such a growth path of energy demand in the country. This calls for making matching investments in the energy sector.”