Turkmenistan Completes TAPI Pipeline Section, Aims to Supply 33 Billion Cubic Meters of Gas Annually to South Asia

Turkmenistan completes its section of the TAPI natural gas pipeline, a crucial project for South Asia's energy security and regional development, as it adheres to international standards.

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Turkmenistan Completes TAPI Pipeline Section, Aims to Supply 33 Billion Cubic Meters of Gas Annually to South Asia

Turkmenistan Completes TAPI Pipeline Section, Aims to Supply 33 Billion Cubic Meters of Gas Annually to South Asia

Turkmenistan has finished its section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline, which aims to supply 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually to South Asia. Muhammetmyrat Amanov, CEO of TAPI Pipeline Company Limited, announced this milestone at the Turkmen Energy Investment Forum 2024 in Paris.

Amanov emphasized Turkmenistan's dedication to the TAPI project and its strict adherence to international law in the pipeline's implementation. The project focuses on environmental sustainability by leveraging natural gas to reduce emissions compared to coal and oil. Turkmenistan remains dedicated to upholding its international obligations and ensuring the project aligns with global standards.

With Turkmenistan's section now complete, the focus is shifting to the Herat Offtake Strategy in Afghanistan. This strategy aims to contribute to environmental protection and public safety while providing early revenue streams to increase lender confidence in the project. The Herat Offtake is seen as a critical step in advancing the TAPI pipeline beyond Turkmenistan's borders.

Why this matters: The completion of the TAPI pipeline has the potential to significantly impact the energy landscape in South Asia, supporting energy security and regional development. The project is essential for meeting Pakistan's growing energy needs and strengthening its economic integration with Central Asia.

The TAPI project, initiated in 1995, is regarded as vital for addressing the energy demands in the region and fostering economic cooperation among the participating countries. Leaders from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) have stressed the importance of the TAPI project for Pakistan's energy needs and industrial development. They have called for the swift completion of the project to tackle Pakistan's energy challenges.

"Upon completion, TAPI will significantly impact the energy landscape in South Asia, supporting energy security and regional development while maintaining the highest standards of international legal practice," Amanov stated at the Turkmen Energy Investment Forum 2024 in Paris, underscoring the project's far-reaching implications for the region.

Key Takeaways

  • Turkmenistan completes its section of the TAPI natural gas pipeline.
  • TAPI aims to supply 33 billion cubic meters of gas annually to South Asia.
  • Focus shifts to the Herat Offtake Strategy in Afghanistan to advance the project.
  • TAPI project is vital for Pakistan's energy security and regional development.
  • Completion of TAPI will significantly impact South Asia's energy landscape.