Islamabad, February 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting on Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India (TAPI) gas pipeline project at the PM House here this morning.
Mr. Yagshgeldi Kakayev, Director, State Agency for Management and use of Hydrocarbon Resources at the President of Turkmenistan; Mr. Daoudshah Saba, Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Afghanistan; Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, India; Mr. Klaus Gerhaeusser, DG Asian Development Bank Manila, Philippines and other senior officer attended the meeting.
The Prime Minster said this project is very important for all countries of the region and Pakistan is keen that it is expedited. He said Pakistan would be happy to play a positive role in this regard. The Prime Minister said that we are facing shortage of gas, and this project will help us immensely in meeting the deficit. He said we all should take this opportunity seriously so that we can fulfil our obligation to our peoples.
The Prime Minister emphasized that concerned states should take all steps necessary to start the project as soon as possible as its cost would continue to increase as time passes. We have pinned lots of hopes with this project and want it completed as soon as possible, he added.
The visiting ministers of the member countries shared the views of Pakistan on this very important project for the region and called this a win-win project for all the countries. The meeting agreed that a Consortium leader would soon be finalized.
The Prime Minister was informed that an Intergovernmental Agreement was signed by the Head of States of all the members of TAPI in 2010. The gas pipeline project of 1,680 KM pipeline with design capacity to supply 3.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per annum (Bcfd) from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
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