Pakistan and Turkmenistan have decided to establish a joint working group (JWG) to discuss and finalise negotiations on electricity transmission line from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan. This was decided during the recent visit of energy delegation of Turkmenistan led by Durdy Elyasov Chairman, Turkmen Energo SPC. The delegation was received by Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan along with Secretary Power Division, Irfan Ali and other senior officials of Power Division, NTDC, PPIB and CPPA.
During the meeting both sides discussed various aspects of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Transmission line (TAP). the reasons for the delay in the execution of the project were also highlighted during the meeting. The delegation was assured that keeping in view the most competitive electricity prices offered by Turkmenistan, Pakistan is closely following the project and is ready to conduct its feasibility.
Secretary Power Division explained the different electricity transmission models to the participants. He also appraised the delegation about the existing procedure for contracting new energy projects in the country.
During the meeting Pakistan offered Turkmenistan to benefit from investment opportunities offered by CPEC. Pakistan is in the unique position to provide Turkmenistan the shortest route to the open sea through Gwadar seaport and its national road and railway networks.