What is TAPI Gas Pipeline? India Hosting Steering Committee Meeting of TAPI Gas Pipeline (Download PDF)


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India is hosting the next steering committee meeting of 1, 814 km long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline as decided by sixth joint India-Turkmenistan Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, economic, scientific, and technological cooperation.

Image of Two Proposed Pipelines In South Asia

Image of Two Proposed Pipelines In South Asia

Image of Two Proposed Pipelines In South Asia

What is India-Turkmenistan Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC)?

The IGC discussions between India and Turkmenistan countries comprehensively review the bilateral relations and progress in the areas of energy, security cooperation, civil aviation, information technology, science, and technology, trade and economic cooperation, transport and connectivity, cultural and educational matters.

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline

  • TAPI or Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline is trans-country natural gas pipeline developed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

  • Proposed in 1995 to transport natural gas from energy rich Caspian Sea (Galkynysh gasfields: fourth largest in the world) in Turkmenistan to India through Afghanistan into Pakistan.

  • Construction started in Turkmenistan on December 2015 and is expected to be operational by 2019.

  • Will supply both India and Pakistan about 38 mmscmd of natural gas whereas Afghanistan will get 14 mmscmd supply for period of 30 years

  • Member countries established an inter-government joint security task force (JSTF) to serve as the nucleus of the safety of the pipeline.

Significance of Tapi

  • Considered important initiative connecting energy rich Central Asia with energy starved South Asia.

  • Enhances economic engagement through regional and economic connectivity of region stretching from the Bay of Bengal to the Caspian Sea.

  • For India TAPI provides an alternative supply source of gas with dependable reserves leading to enhanced energy security- Gas used for power, fertilizer and city gas sectors.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 23, 2017


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