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TAPI to cater Pakistan's growing energy needs: PM

25 February 2018

India's commitment to the pipeline has previously been questioned over its relationship with Pakistan and easy access to liquified natural gas markets, which are seen as potential stumbling blocks.

The Afghan city of Herat will today host the construction launch of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline, a project that will one day transport 33 million cubic meters of petrol a year.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Ghani said the pipeline would "unite [the] countries".

As for Pakistan, it is facing energy crisis since long but for the first time the incumbent government successfully completed projects for import of LNG and completion of TAPI would go a long way in providing meaningful relief to gas consumers in the country.

And he said work on the Turkmen section of the pipeline was still ongoing.

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"Afghanistan believes in a policy of connectivity, not separation", Ashraf Ghani, the country's president, told the gathered dignitaries.

"TAPI is not only a gas project but it has the same importance as an economic corridor", local media quoted Abdul Qadeer Mutfi, the spokesman for Afghan ministry of Mines and Petroleum, as saying.

The pipeline will traverse war-wracked Afghanistan, raising security concerns. Mr Abbasi, who was accompanied by Minister of State for Energy Jam Kamal Khan, said TAPI would provide Pakistan the much needed gas security, as it would help meet 10 per cent of Pakistan's energy needs, 20 per cent of its natural gas requirements. "It is good and important and vital for the economy of Afghanistan", he said, noting the pipeline had been under consideration during the Taliban rule that ended in 2001. He assured the Turkmen, Afghan and Indian leaders of Pakistan's full cooperation in making TAPI a success. The prime minister stated that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was the most visible part of the Belt and Road Initiative and stressed on enhancement in bilateral cooperation between the two countries while exploring new avenues for trade, particularly in livestock, information technology and agriculture.

The TAPI project, supported by the United States and the Asian Development Bank, has been touted by Turkmenistan since the 1990s. The ADB is acting as the facilitator and coordinator for the project.

TAPI to cater Pakistan's growing energy needs: PM