Turkmenistan, Pakistan to discuss large-scale gas pipeline project in Islamabad
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Aug.21 / Trend, H.Hasanov /
A Turkmen delegation headed by Deputy Prime Ministers, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov will pay a visit to Islamabad (Pakistan) to attend intergovernmental commission's meeting Aug. 24-25, an official Turkmen source said.
Particular attention at the bilateral meeting will be attached to the development of interaction in the energy sector.
In particular, issues related to large-scale project of construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, as well as a possibility of export of the Turkmen electricity to Pakistan through Afghanistan will be discussed in detail.
Within the TAPI project, Ashgabat expects to sign a contract of sale of the Turkmen gas by late 2010. According to the feasibility study, the pipeline's capacity can reach more than 30 billion cubic meters of gas a year. Recently it was reported that potential buyers - India and Pakistan - are ready to buy twice as much annually.
The Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov at the last governmental meeting said that holding the Turkmen-Pakistani intergovernmental commission's first meeting a year ago in Ashgabat has confirmed "the mutual desire and willingness of the two friendly countries to fully use the existing considerable potential for cooperation".