Work on the long-awaited Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India: TAPI gas pipeline is expected to begin in Pakistan this month.
Work on the long-awaited Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India: TAPI gas pipeline is expected to begin in Pakistan in Februry 2017.
The Tapi Company, a special purpose company created to run the pipeline project, has awarded the project management consultant (PMC) contract to the multinational engineering and consulting firm, the ILF Group.
The ILF consultant team is ready to conduct route survey, detailed engineering and feasibility study in the ongoing month.
The team will be collecting local data or conduct survey for keeping track of various project development status.
A senior government official told media: «A team from Turkmenistan will reach Islamabad on February 14 to begin work on the route survey, engineering and feasibility study to implement the Tapi pipeline project.»
The team will 1st start operations this month in Pakistan and then it will move to India and Afghanistan.
Mobin Saulat, Managing Director at Inter State Gas Systems, said while speaking to media persons in Islamabad: «Pipeline construction and gas-field development has started in Turkmenistan and we appreciate efforts of Turkmenistan authorities to expedite the project.»
TAPI is a natural gas pipeline being constructed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The TAPI Pipeline Project of ADB aims to export up to 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year through a roughly 1,800-kilometer long proposed pipeline from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
A gas price agreement had already been reached in 2013 to set the pricing mechanism under which the gas price at Turkmenistan borderline would be around 20% lower than the standard price of a light crude oil that serves as a standard for purchases of oil worldwide.
Turkmenistan will invest around $25 billion to supply 3.2 bcfd of gas to energy-deficient Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.