Pak, Turkmenistan sign TAPI Gas Pipeline network

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Pakistan and Turkmenistan inked the finalized version of the Host Government Agreement on the Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline network in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The agreement was signed by the Federal Secretary Petroleum, Mian Asad Hayauddin from the Pakistani side and CEO of TPCL. Amanov.

Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Ghulam Sarwar Khan and R. Meredov, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan were also present on the occasion.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan welcomed the signing of the HGA as an important event in the history of the TAPI gas pipeline project.

The Federal Minister reiterated the governments complete commitment towards the early and successful implementation of the project and remained hopeful that the ground breaking of the project can be held in Pakistan this year.

The Turkmen Foreign Minister appraised the Minster of his Government’s initiatives in ensuring that the timelines of the project are being met.

The Turkmen Minister appreciated the fact that the HGA has been signed through mutual agreement and consensus.

He welcomed Pakistan’s continued commitment and active interest in the TAPI gas project.

He appreciated the strong support being received by Pakistan towards the TAPI gas pipeline project.

The Turkmen Minister discussed with the Pakistani delegation his Government’s plan to make transport and energy corridor between Pakistan and Turkmenistan via Afghanistan and to lay an optic fiber network parallel to the route of the pipeline and see its possible extension till China.

TAPI gas pipeline project aims to bring natural gas from the Gylkynish and adjacent gas fields in Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The ADB is acting as the facilitator and coordinator for the project. It is proposed to lay a 56-inch diameter 1,680 KM pipeline with design capacity of 3.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per annum (Bcfd) from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan up to Pak-India border.