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Turkmenistan Invites Katar To The TAPI Project

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 23:38

Turkmenistan is interested in discussing the issues related to the possible participation of Qatar's major investment and financial institutions in the project for construction of the TAPI transnational gas pipeline (Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India). Such a statement was made by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during the talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha on March 15 and 16. The Turkmen leader also drew attention to the fact that today Qatar is one of the world leaders in the export of liquefied natural gas.


“The experience of Qatar in this area will be very useful for us. The rapidly developing global gas market urgently requires all major gas exporters to cooperate,” Berdimuhamedov said in his speech at the press conference that followed the talks.


“The world-famous large Qatari companies could participate in projects implemented in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea. They could also supply equipment for construction of the infrastructure within Turkmenistan's oil and gas industry. Our country has already begun the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline,” Berdimuhamedov said, adding that Turkmenistan is interested in the participation of the relevant Qatari structures in this major infrastructure project.


Worth recalling, in December 2015, there began the construction of the Turkmen section of the TAPI gas pipeline. Its length will be 214 kilometers. To date, the construction works are conducted in full accordance with the schedule. In addition, exploration works have begun in the Pakistani and Afghan sectors.


The state concern Turkmengaz is the manager and main financier of this project. Besides this company, the consortium also includes Indian GAIL, Pakistani Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited and the Afghan Gas Corporation.

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