Pakistan intends to receive the first batch of gas from Turkmenistan in 2020, – the minister

Pakistan intends to receive the first batch of gas from Turkmenistan in 2020. Journalists were reported about it by the Pakistani Oiland natural resources Minister Shahid Hagan Abbasi, notes the information website Arzuw News.

As the edition writes, the minister noted that deliveries will be made by the TAPI gas pipeline which construction will unite Turkmenistan not only with Pakistan, but also with India and Afghanistan.

Also the minister noted that India will pay in addition a royalty to Pakistan while it will pay only for the consumed gas.

According to Abbasi's message, the Pakistani government provided a guarantee for the TAPI project which size constitutes 336 billion Pakistani rupees (1 USD = 105 PKR).

Concerning the gas pipeline Pakistan-Iran the minister specified the restrictions existing today which are put into operation by the world community against Iran. They are the key problem which does not allow to begin implementation of the project.

As earlier it was reported, in July, 2017 during negotiations in Ashgabat with the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted: "Now Turkmenistan conducts a TAPI pipeline construction in the territory of itself. The parties conduct joint operation according to the solution of technical issues of continuation of its construction in the territory of Afghanistan".

The construction of the Turkmen site of TAPI started in December, 2015. Now works are conducted according to the schedule.

The State Concern "Turkmengas" is the leader of consortium "TAPI Pipeline Company Limited" on a construction and operation of the TAPI gas pipeline. The consortium also includes the Afghan gas corporation, the Pakistani "Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited" and Indian GAIL.

In January, 2017 the contract between consortium "TAPI Pipeline Company Limited" and the "ILF Consulting Engineers GmbH" company (Germany) for rendering services in preliminary designing and project management in the territory of Afghanistan and Pakistan was signed. In February and March the technical works in the territory of these states were started.

In 2017 "ILF Consulting Engineers GmbH" plans to execute a complex of project works of TAPI in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including � to conduct prospecting works, seismic researches, aerial photograph for determination of an optimum route of the gas pipeline, locations of gas-compressor stations and other constructions on the route of the pipeline and also for assessment of impact of this project on the environment.

It is also planned to prepare the front and engineering design (FEED) for the Afghan and Pakistani sections of the pipeline, necessary documentation for carrying out the international tenders, including, on equipment procurement, pipes and other products and to make the final investment decision on the TAPI project.

Design capacity of the TAPI gas pipeline is 33 billion cubic meters of gas a year. It is planned to finish the construction of the pipeline and to put it into operation by the end of 2019. The first gas on the pipeline is planned to be started up at the beginning of 2020.