Turkmen President urges for boost to realize Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline

Ashkhabad: Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has urged a boost for realization of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India TAPI gas pipeline project, Trend news agency reported on Friday.

The gas pipeline will supply Southern Asian states and stimulate socio-economic development of the region. Ashkhabad has recently reached an agreement on Turkmen gas prices with Islamabad, report said.

Transit prices through Afghanistan remain uncertain. Russia expressed interest in forming an international consortium. The US supports its realization, without alternate routes from Iran to Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Water & Power Minister Naveed Qamar recently said TAPI is vital for Pakistan, a gas-poor state. Gas prices would be lower than using the pipeline from Iran. Qamar believes that the project may be realized by 2016.

The basic deal for realization of TAPI was signed in Ashkhabad in late 2010. The pipeline will have a cap of 33 billion cubic meters of gas annually. Pakistan & India will consume gas. Asian Development Bank promotes the project. Turkmenistan is developing the Dovletabad Field, South Yoloten – Osman Field Galkynysh. The pipeline will be 1735 km long.

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