TAPI gas pipeline project construction work has begun [ Current Affairs ]


At Mary, Turkmenistan ground breaking ceremony of 1800-kilometre-long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project has been started. Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and Indian Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari have attended this ground breaking function.

  • Turkmenistan is world’s fourth-largest gas reserves and currently exporting country to China.

About TAPI Project

  • TAPI gas pipeline project is a planned to supply gas pipeline from Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to India.
  • Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are involved in TAPI project.
  • With covering 1, 800 km the pipe line connects central Asia with south Asia.
  • The pipeline begins from Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh field which has reserves gas up to 16 trillion cubic feet.
  • Project Cost has up to 10 billion US dollars and which is funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  • It has capacity to carry 90 million standard cubic meters a day (mmscmd).
  • India and Pakistan will get supply of about 38 mmscmd while Afghanistan will get 14 mmscmd supply of natural gas.
  • The life of supply is probable for period of 30 years and it will become in working mode from 2019.
  • It will pass though Galkynysh field (Turkmenistan) – Herat and Kandahar province (Afghanistan) – Multan via Quetta (Pakistan) and ends at Fazilka in Punjab (India).
  • An inter-government joint security task force (JSTF) has been recommended to serve as the nucleus of the safety of the pipeline.


  • The TAPI Project is considered as a significant creativity for these four countries to connect energy rich Central Asia with energy starved South Asia.
  • TAPI Project will provide an alternative supply source of gas with dependable reserves leading to enhanced energy security for India.

- Published on: December 14, 2015