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TAPI project is making progress

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After Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan confirmed the country’s commitment to co-operation with Turkmenistan in terms of energy and transport infrastructure, work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project is expected to commence in Pakistan very soon.

Speaking with Turkmen President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, on 1 March, the Prime Minister also highlighted the need for TAPI to be operational early, news sources reported.

Berdimuhamedov visited the Pakistani capital to take part in the Summit of the Economic Co-operation Organization (ECO). During their conversation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thanked the Turkmen President for participating in the Summit and for making valuable contributions towards its deliberations.

Inter State Gas Systems Managing Director, Mobin Saulat, reportedly told The Express Tribune: “Officials from Turkmenistan have reached along with a high level delegation and an inaugural ceremony will be held on Friday (3 March) to start work on route survey and detailed engineering in Pakistan.”

According to the Express Tribune, a route survey (which will be undertaken by the project management consultant for this project, ILF), detailed engineering and a feasibility study must be complete before construction work can begin.

Under the TAPI project, Turkmenistan will invest approximately US$25 billion to deliver approximately 3.2 billion ft3/d of gas to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. While Pakistan and India are expected to receive 1.325 billion ft3/d of gas, Afghanistan will receive 500 million ft3/d of gas.

Of the total amount invested, approximately US$10 billion will be injected into laying the TAPI pipeline over 1680 km.

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