ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that practical work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistani-India (TAPI) gas pipeline has begun in Pakistan.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of engineering and survey work of the project here on Friday, the minister hoped the project would be completed on time.
The Minister said with the completion of the project, Pakistan and India will each receive 1.325 bcfd of gas while Afghanistan’s share has been set at 500 mmcfd.
He said the country is facing energy shortage and expressed the confidence it will be overcome during the tenure of this government. He said TAPI project will help meet the energy requirement of Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
Terming the project crucial, Abbasi said Pakistan was in dire need of the gas, which it was meeting through import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for the last two years in an effective manner.
He said Pakistan would have surplus power and gas when the five-year democratic tenure of incumbent government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz would end in 2018.
The minister said under the TAPI project, scheduled to complete in the year 2020, Pakistan would be getting one third of its total gas production, which currently stands at 4 bcfd.
During the last two years, he said significant developments had taken place for the smooth and timely execution of project and acknowledged the role of Turkmen President and government in initiating the practical work.
Abbasi said all the participating countries were cognizant of the difficulties involved in the project and these would be overcome for making the TAPI a reality.
Managing Director Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS) Mobin Saulat, Chairman TAPI project Muhammet Murat Amanov, Economic Adviser to Afghan President Ajmal Ahmady and a representative of ILF, a Germany-based Consultant Engineers firm, also spoke on the occasion and highlighted different dimensions of the project.

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