Islamabad, 8 June 2023 (TDI): A delegation from Turkmenistan, led by Maksat Babayev, State Minister and Head of TurkmenGaz, paid a visit to Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad.
Highlighting the deep-rooted brotherly relations based on a shared history, culture, and religion between Pakistan and Turkmenistan, the Prime Minister expressed his eagerness to further enhance economic and commercial ties. He emphasized Pakistan’s potential as a gateway for accessing Turkmenistan’s abundant energy reserves swiftly.
The Prime Minister underscored the significance of the TAPI Gas Pipeline Project, which symbolizes the strategic cooperation between Pakistan and Turkmenistan in the energy sector.
He stressed that TAPI plays a vital role in the government’s vision to ensure Pakistan’s energy security and foster economic growth and prosperity throughout the region.
Reiterating the commitment to expedite the project’s implementation, the Prime Minister expressed hope that all stakeholders would optimize available resources to complete the project promptly.
To streamline the project’s progress, the Prime Minister appointed Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Jehanzeb Khan as the focal person from Pakistan, leading the Senior Coordination Committee.
The Turkmenistan delegation included Deputy Minister of Energy Annageldi Saparov, CEO and Chairman of BOD, TPCL, Muhammetmyrat Amanov, and Turkmen Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Atadjan Movlamov.
In a ceremonial event witnessed by the Prime Minister, the “TAPI Gas Pipeline Joint Implementation Plan (JIP)” was signed by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Musaddiq Malik and Maksat Babayev, State Minister and Head of TurkmenGaz, representing their respective governments.
The JIP aims to accelerate the progress of the TAPI Gas Pipeline project.
Stretching over 1,814 kilometers, the pipeline intends to transport 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
Once operational, the TAPI project will revolutionize the regional energy landscape, contributing significantly to economic prosperity.