Construction and installation works on the Turkmen section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan - India gas pipeline are proceeding at a high pace, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the fuel and energy sector Myratgeldi Meredov said at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan.
According to him, this facility is fully provided with steel pipes. Also, the state concern "Turkmengaz" signed an agreement with the relevant company in Hong Kong for technical supervision of the construction of the pipeline and gas compressor facilities.
At the moment, the pipes have been welded throughout the entire section of the TAPI gas pipeline that runs through the territory of Turkmenistan, which is brought to the Turkmen-Afghan border. Work continues on laying welded pipes, M. Meredov reported.
The Deputy Prime Minister also said that according to the contract signed with the state concern "Turkmengaz" for the supply of valves and various auxiliary equipment for the Turkmen section of the gas pipeline, large-sized valves are planned to be installed along the pipeline.
Summarizing the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the TAPI project is an important component of the energy strategy of Turkmenistan. The energy highways originating in our country's oil fields are intended to become important links in the new architecture of global energy security.
Having ordered that the construction of the Turkmen section of the TAPI gas pipeline be constantly monitored, the President addressed a number of specific instructions to the Deputy Prime Minister, including on cooperation in the implementation of this project with international organizations, reliable financial structures and oil and gas companies.
TAPI Pipeline Company is the operator of the construction and operation of the pipeline (85% owned by the state Corporation "Turkmengaz", 5% owned by the "Afghan gas Corporation", the Pakistani Inter State Gas Systems and the Indian GAIL).
The TAPI main gas pipeline project with a length of more than 1.8 thousand kilometers will run from the “Galkynysh” gas field in the South of Turkmenistan through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar, Pakistan's Quetta and Multan to the city of Fazilka in Western India. The planned capacity of the pipeline is designed to supply 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year.