Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India (TAPI) pipeline construction launch is expected in Pakistan in March 2019. Pakistan has been asked to start the construction work on TAPI pipeline by 2019. The aim is to help the early operation of an approximately $8.5 billion project that was 8 signed years ago.
A Chief Executive Officer of TAPI Pipeline Company Limited TPCL Muhammetmyrat Amanov said, “TAPI Limited desires to have an inaugural ceremony in March 2019 in Pakistan.”
Amnov said, “At the ceremony it will request head of states of all four countries to attend the formality.”
Basically, TAPI is a natural gas pipeline project in which the gas will be exported to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India from Turkmenistan. Minister for Petroleum Division Ghulam Sarwar Khan had a meeting with Amanov.
Khan said that in 2010 the TAPI agreement was signed. Adding, “Thus, this project should be completed at the earliest.”
Furthermore the minister revealed that the total length of TAPI pipeline is 1,680 kilometres. It will link Turkmenistan via Pakistan and Afghanistan to the Indian border.
In August 2015 the Turkmengaz the state-owned company of Turkmenistan was nominated as the consortium leader. It has 85% of the shareholding of the project while Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan have 5% each.
Earlier we informed our readers that China is interested in joining Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India (TAPI) pipeline project once it starts operating.
The chief executive officer of Pakistan’s state-owned Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS), Mobin Saulat said, “With this channel, there is a possibility they don’t have to do another line and they can off-take from this pipeline which is passing through Pakistan.”