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Pak, India to attend TAPI groundbreaking ceremony

The first leg of the ceremony to held in Serhetabat, Turkmenistan tomorrow will be attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Prime Minister of Pakistan
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Prime Minister of Pakistan, attends a panel during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. (Photo: AP/PTI)

and will attend a groundbreaking ceremony of the section of the $10 billion that will help shortages in South Asia, Foreign Office said today.

The first leg of the ceremony to held in Serhetabat, tomorrow will be attended by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Gurbanguly Malikgulyevich Berdimuhamedov, of and M J Akbar, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Abbasi will then proceed to Herat, to attend the Afghan leg of the groundbreaking ceremony, it said.

The entered its practical phase in Pakistan after the process of initiating front-end-engineering-and-design (FEED) route survey was formally inaugurated last year.

Turkmenistan, which sits on the world's fourth-largest gas reserves, started building its section of the pipeline in December 2015.

The pipeline will have a capacity to carry 90 million standard cubic metres a day (mmscmd) gas for 30 years and is planned to become operational this year.

The project will will bring clean fuel to the growing economies of and Pakistan. It will provide energy-hungry gas to run its power plants.

Under the pipeline project, Pakistan and India will be provided 1.325 each and will be getting a share of 0.5 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) gas.

First Published: Wed, February 21 2018. 21:18 IST