Pakistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to speed up construction of the Turkmen-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.
The agreement was struck during a meeting on Thursday in Islamabad between Caretaker Minister for Power Muhammad Ali and Turkmen Ambassador to Pakistan Atadjan Movlamov.
During the discussion, both parties agreed to convene regular working group meetings to review progress on the TAPI gas pipeline project.
Speaking on the event, the Caretaker Minister stated that the TAPI gas pipeline project is critical to meeting Pakistan’s expanding energy needs.
He stated that completing the project as soon as possible will boost regional collaboration.
A 1,680-kilometer pipeline with a 56-inch diameter and a capacity of 3.2 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) would be built from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Pakistan-India border as part of the project.
According to the TAPI deal, Pakistan and India will each receive 1.325 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of gas, while Afghanistan will receive 0.5 bcfd of gas.
Pakistan and Turkmenistan signed a joint implementation plan in Islamabad on Thursday to carry out the Turkmen-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project in June.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and a Turkmen team led by Minister of Energy and Water Resources Daler Juma’a attended the ceremony.