China interested in joining TAPI gas pipeline project

The TAPI gas pipeline project presently involves four countries – Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India – and is expected to address the countries’ energy deficiencies by delivering 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

China has expressed an interest in joining the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, by building a link from Pakistan to China, the Pakistani media reported.

Mobin Saulat, Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan’s Inter State Gas Systems, said that the Chinese have shown interest because TAPI could act as an alternative to One Belt, One Road, or as a sub-project.

The $ 9.6 billion TAPI gas pipeline project that originates in the Galkynysh gas field in Turkmenistan, has been designed to carry 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

The 1,840 km long gas pipeline is expected to pump natural gas from Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh gas field by the beginning of 2020.