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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday announced the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) Pipeline Implementation plan, deeming the project crucial for the region’s prosperity.

“We have just signed today a plan to execute TAPI project, called the TAPI Implementation Plan,” said Sharif, while addressing a signing ceremony of the project, standing alongside a delegation from Turkmenistan.

“TAPI is a very important project for the prosperity of this entire region, starting from Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, and going through Kabul and then Islamabad and then to India.”

This will help the region to secure natural gas with concrete assurances and mutually agreed terms and conditions,“ said the PM.

TAPI Pipeline, also known as the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline, which will transport natural gas from the Galkynysh Gas Field in Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India.

The prime minister said that due to international circumstances “energy has become a real challenge”.

“For a developing country like Pakistan, we have to negotiate this challenge, with imaginative policy and speedy action.”

“TAPI will bring an era of regional cooperation and prosperity,” said Sharif, while directing the government authorities to speed up its planning and execution.

TAPI gas pipeline: Pakistan willing to go ahead with or without India

Shehbaz also thanked the Turkmenistan delegation for visiting Pakistan, “and providing an opportunity to show the world that our two brotherly countries are ready to promote our relations and expand our economic cooperation”.

History of pipeline

Plans for this pipeline have been in the works for years.

The project was conceived in the 1990s to generate revenue from Turkmenistan’s gas reserves by exporting natural gas via Afghanistan to Pakistan and India.

In November 2014, a special-purpose consortium known as the TAPI Pipeline Company (TPCL) was incorporated by Turkmengaz (majority stakeholder with 85% interest), Afghan Gas Enterprise (5%), Inter State Gas Systems (5%), and GAIL (5%) to execute the project, with Turkmengaz leading the consortium.

A stone-laying ceremony was held to commemorate the start of construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan section of the gas pipeline in December 2015.

The investment agreement for the development of the TAPI project was signed by the four countries in February 2016.

A ceremony marking the beginning of construction of the Afghanistan-Pakistan section of the pipeline was held in February 2018.

The pipeline is expected to transport 33 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year.


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Jani Walker Jun 08, 2023 01:48pm
TAPI is a fantasy as long as 7th century dwelling bearded weirdo's are in charge of large swathes of territory which this proposed pipeline will run through.
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Mona Jun 08, 2023 02:38pm
God bless Shehbaz Sharif. May good leaders like him stay and steer this country to the prosperity it so desperately needs and deserves. Ameen.
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Az_Iz Jun 08, 2023 05:03pm
Going by the timeline in this article, looks like it should be operational by 2050.
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Az_Iz Jun 08, 2023 05:05pm
Recently a minister announced a $10 billion investment in oil refinery project. Today the news is about TAPI. In the politicians imagination, a lot of progress is happening.
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Ash Chak Jun 08, 2023 09:00pm
I don't think any Indian politician or party would want to do this project after seeing what Russia did to Europe with natural gas.
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KhanRA Jun 08, 2023 10:07pm
This pipeline is a pipe dream - give it up already. If you cannot route it through Iran, then forget it. Afghanistan will be back to civil war in no time.
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KhanRA Jun 08, 2023 10:08pm
@Ash Chak, not true, India regards Russia as a dependable ally.
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Tulukan Mairandi Jun 09, 2023 12:15am
TAPI will never be viable without India. How much gas are Taliban Afghans and Bankrupt soon to default Pakistan gonna buy?
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