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Turkmen Delegation will Discuss TAPI Gas Pipeline Project in Pakistan

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – The Turkmenian deputy prime minister, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, will visit Pakistan from March 11 to 13, reported Trend news on Saturday with reference to the Turkmen government.
According to Trend News, it is planned to hold political consultations, as well as several bilateral meetings, in Islamabad. According to the report, issues related to the intensification of work on the implementation of the construction project of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline (TAPI) will be the subject of an exhaustive discussion.
Consideration will also be given to aspects of cooperation in the electric power and telecommunications industry, including those related to the implementation of fiber-optic communication and power transmission lines along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route (TAP).
The transport sector has been defined as one of the priority directions of the association. In this context, it is planned to discuss the problems of creating a new transport corridor with the use of the possibilities of entering Europe through the Caspian Sea using the transit potential of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan.
The construction of TAPI began in December 2015, while the section in Afghanistan in February 2018. Pakistan plans to begin work on its pipeline section this year.
The gas from Turkmenistan is expected to be supplied through TAPI in 2020. The total length of the gas pipeline with a capacity of 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year will be 1,840 kilometers until it reaches the settlement of Fazilka on the border with India.
Being the leader of the international consortium TAPI Pipeline Company Limited, Turkmengas, which has a controlling interest, performs the functions of the chief financial officer and project manager. The consortium also includes Afghan Gas Corporation, Inter Company Gas Systems (Private) Limited Company of Pakistan and GAIL Company of India.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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