Uzbekistan intends to participate in the Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. This was stated by President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, speaking to media representatives in Tashkent after talks with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
As sh. Mirziyoyev noted, this issue, in particular, was discussed with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during his state visit to Uzbekistan.
"TAPI is a very ambitious project that helps stabilize the situation in Afghanistan. Uzbekistan will participate in this project, and we will find common ground on this issue," the President of Uzbekistan said.
In this regard, Sh. Mirziyoyev added that following the meeting of the two presidents, representatives of Uzbekistan will soon go to Ashgabat in order to start practical negotiations on participation in the TAPI project.
It should be noted that the construction of the Turkmen section of the TAPI gas pipeline began in December 2015. In February 2018, the construction of the Afghan section of TAPI was launched. The annual capacity of the pipeline will be 33 billion cubic meters. To commissioning, including ground-based infrastructure, is planned for December 2019.
The TAPI project will enable Turkmenistan to diversify its gas exports, while Afghanistan, Pakistan and India will meet the growing need for fuel.
The leader of the consortium "TAPI Pipeline company Limited" for the construction and operation of the gas pipeline is the state Concern "Turkmengas", its shares in the consortium also have the Afghan gas Corporation, Pakistani "Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited" and Indian "GAIL".