Senate briefed TAPI project to be completed during PTI’s tenure

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India [TAPI] gas pipeline project will be completed during the tenure of the present government, Minister for Energy Ghulam Sarwar Khan assured the Senate.

Speaking in the House during the question-hour, he said that TAPI gas pipeline is an important energy project.

To a question about agreement signed by Petroleum Division, the government of Pakistan, with the Ministry of Oil and Gas of the government of Turkmenistan for development of energy sector, he said that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on further development of cooperation in the field of fuel and energy sector was signed on March 16, 2017 which is valid for five years.

He said that the MoU envisages multiple areas of mutual cooperation to development in the field of fuel, LPG, oil, gas and energy sector of the two states.

He said that the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) has also requested Turkmenistan to discuss and further implement the MoU, adding that the 5th Session of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Joint Inter-Governmental Commission was held on 17th -18th August 2017 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and both sides discussed possibility of expansion of cooperation in the field of oil & gas with the framework of existing legislation of the both countries.

He said that the cooperation will include exchange of experience, participation in building of oil & gas installations as well as import of liquefied natural gas from Turkmenistan.

He said that the Commission laid emphasis on the need of early meeting of the Joint Working Group on Oil and Gas and also noted that there was a need to find a way forward for implementation of MoU signed by both the countries. The Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) has also constituted the Joint Working Group of senior officers, he added.