The Russian energy giant Gazprom will buy a total of 3.70 million tons of gas from India to meet its growing demand for natural gas, a Russian official said on Wednesday.
Russia, which has been battling an energy crisis, is planning to buy an additional 2.6 million tons from India, said Sergei Shoigu, head of Gazprom’s Russian energy company.
The purchase was expected to be completed within weeks.
India is a key ally in the fight against the Islamic State militant group.
Gazprom has been building up its gas production capacity and expanding its gas pipeline through Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, but India has been wary of its plans to expand its gas infrastructure.
India also has been expanding its power generation capacity in recent years.
It has been exporting more power and gas to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and has become one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal.
India is also developing its coal-fired power stations, which are currently being constructed and will provide power to about 300 million people.