Pakistan and Turkmen experts will finalize modalities for groundbreaking of Pakistan-section of TAPI gas pipeline, scheduled to be performed in Chaman in October 2019. Top officials from both side will review the final agreement in a meeting likely to held in August. Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, who oversaw the signing of the agreement, said that Turkmenistan has already completed the construction work on its section, while the Afghanistan also performed groundbreaking of the project last year.
He lauded Pakistan’s determination to start practical work on its section of the multi-billion dollar Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project during the current year., While explaining the main benefits of this projects he said, a 56-inch diameter 1,680 kilometers pipeline, having capacity to flow 3.2 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) gas, would be laid from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan up to Pak-India border by the year 2020.
The project is consisted of two phases. In first phase, there will be free flow of gas in the pipeline which will be completed at an estimated cost of $ 5 to 6 billion, while in second phase compressor stations to be stalled at a cost of $ 1.9 to 2 billion.
Earlier, Pakistan and Turkmenistan had signed the final version of the ‘Host Government Agreement’ for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline network in Islamabad. The agreement was signed by Additional Secretary In-charge of the Petroleum Division Mian Asad Hayauddin and Muhammetmyrat Amanov, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of TAPI Pipeline Company Ltd, Turkmenistan.
Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar, has said that Pakistan is committed for successful l implementation of TAPI project. He also hinted that groundbreaking of the project might be take place in Pakistan in this year.
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