Turkmenistan, Pakistan express optimism over TAPI project’s future

Source: Amu.Tv

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — Turkmenistan and Pakistan are expressing high expectations for the future of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, as well as power transmission and fiber-optic communication lines along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route, according to Turkmen media reports.

During a meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Industries and Production Rana Tanveer Hussain discussed the potential of these projects, Trend reported, citing an official source.

The discussion highlighted industry, energy, and transportation as priority areas with significant potential. The parties acknowledged the progressive dynamics in trade and economic partnerships, the official said.

Both countries emphasized their active participation in major regional energy and communication projects, including the construction of the transnational TAPI gas pipeline and power transmission lines, as well as fiber-optic communication along the TAP route.

The implementation of these large-scale projects is expected to contribute to the sustainable socio-economic development of the region, facilitate its integration into the global economic system, and promote regional peace and stability.

The TAPI gas pipeline is anticipated to transport 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually along its 1,800-kilometer route from Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh gas field, the second-largest in the world, to Fazilka, India, near the India-Pakistan border.

The TAP project aims to establish energy and communication links among participating countries to stimulate economic growth and regional development.

Work on the TAPI gas pipeline project had been suspended in Afghanistan due to conflict and insecurity in recent years, including under the previous government.