Turkmenistan wants to speed up work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, the Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Pakistan Atajan Movlamov said during his visit to Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the DAWN newspaper reported on Tuesday. The Turkmen Envoy visited the LCCI with the Ambassadors of Nepal and Azerbaijan.
“My country gives great importance to having better relations with Pakistan and wants to speed up work on the TAPI gas pipeline project,” Movlamov stated.
Noting that a logistics center has been established for transit trade in Turkmenistan, the Turkmen envoy emphasized the importance of gaining access to the ports of Karachi and Gwadar in Pakistan.
The TAPI pipeline is expected to carry 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas each year along a route stretching 1,800 km from Galkynysh, the world’s second-biggest gas field in Turkmenistan, to the Indian city of Fazilka near the Pakistan border.