Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Dec. 25
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Presidents of Turkmenistan and Pakistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Mamnoon Hussain discussed the issue of Turkmen electricity and gas supplies during a telephone conversation, Turkmenistan State News Agency reported Dec. 25.
The president of Pakistan confirmed his readiness to participate in activities that are important for sustainable development of the region and which are planned to be held in the second half of February next year, according to the report.
The sides discussed Pakistan’s participation in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Afghan section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) power transmission line.
Noting high interest of Pakistan in cooperation with Turkmenistan in the energy sector, including in the sphere of electricity and gas supplies, Hussain said that the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline will promote development of not only regional, but also global economic cooperation, said the report.
The total length of the TAPI pipeline will be 1,814 kilometers. A 214-kilometer section of the pipeline will run through Turkmenistan, a 774-kilometer section will run through Afghanistan and an 826-kilometer section will run through Pakistan to Fazilka settlement on the border with India. The pipeline’s annual capacity will be 33 billion cubic meters of gas.
Construction of the Turkmen section of TAPI started in 2015 and is scheduled to be finished in late 2018.