Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project at the PM’s House here on Wednesday, terming it of vital importance to regional countries. Yagshgeldi Kakayev, Director, State Agency for Management & use of Hydrocarbon Resources Turkmenistan; Daoudshah Saba, Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Afghanistan; Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, India; Klaus Gerhaeusser, DG Asian Development Bank Manila, Philippines and other senior officer attended the meeting.
The Prime Minster said this project is highly 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. He said that we are facing the shortage of gas, and this project will help us immensely in meeting the deficit, adding that we all should take this opportunity seriously so that we can fulfil our obligation towards our peoples.
The Prime Minister emphasised that concerned states should take all steps necessary to start the project as soon as possible as its cost would continue to increase with the passage of time. We have pinned a lots of hopes on this project and want it to be 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 finalised.
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 has a design capacity to supply 3.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per annum (bcfd) from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.-PR