Talks Over Gas Pipeline Project Kick Off In Islamabad
by Xinhua News Agency
April 23, 2008
Four regional states started
talks on the proposed gas pipeline project in Islamabad on Wednesday, the official
Associated Press of Pakistan reported.
Ministers and high-ranking officials of Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and
Turkmenistan were participating in the negotiations, said the report.
Briefing participants on the occasion, the Petroleum Minister of Turkmenistan
said his country was endowed with huge gas reserves.
The proposed gas pipeline project will initially provide 30 million cubic meters
of gas to Pakistan and India each and 5 million cubic meters to Afghanistan on a
daily basis, which can be later increased up to 90 million cubic meters in
The security aspect of gas pipeline in Afghanistan was discussed in the
ministerial session on Wednesday.
According to the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan- India (TAPI) gas
pipeline project, Pakistan would import 3.2 billion cubic feet (around 90.613
million cubic meters) gas from Turkmenistan, which would be shared by both
Pakistan and India, according to local media reports.
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