Turkmenistan completes TAPI pipeline phase on its territory, senior official says

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — Turkmenistan has finished building its segment of the TAPI pipeline, according to Muhammetmyrat Amanov, chairman of the board of directors of TAPI Pipeline Company Ltd.

Amanov announced the completion during an international forum aimed at attracting foreign investment to Turkmenistan’s energy sector, held in Paris.

He noted that significant agreements have been reached with Afghanistan on security issues and land acquisition for the pipeline that will traverse the country. Amanov also mentioned Pakistan’s intention to include the TAPI project in its Foreign Investment Protection Act to attract international creditors.

The TAPI gas pipeline is expected to transport 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually along a 1,800-kilometer (about 1,118 miles) route from Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh gas field — the world’s second-largest — to Fazilka, India, near the border with Pakistan.

The project involves four countries: Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.