The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) Pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline being developed by TAPI Gas Pipeline Company Limited with the involvement of the Asian Development Bank. TAPI Gas Pipeline will deliver natural gas from the Galkynysh(Gas Field in Mary Province of Turkmenistan) Gas Field in Turkmenistan via Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India. The abbreviation TAPI comes from the first letters of those countries.
Construction on the TAPI gas pipeline project started in Turkmenistan on December 13th, 2015. The groundbreaking ceremony of 1,735-km long gas pipeline takes place in Turkmenistan. TAPI project is vital for Pakistan's energy needs and would enlarge relations between Islamabad and Ashgabat.project would be valuable for economies of both the countries.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi come to Mary, Turkmenistan, earlier in the day on a two-day visit to attend Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan India (TAPI) gas pipeline project’s inaugural ceremony. The Prime Minister said TAPI Gas Pipeline is important for Pakistan’s energy needs. It will provide ten percent of the country’s total energy needs today. He declared ceremony of the project as a historic event, which rebuilds historical linkages that the region had. “I assure you of Pakistan’s full commitment to the project,” he told the attendees of the inauguration ceremony.
TAPI Gas Pipeline is deliberated to carry 33 billion cubic meters of gas annually through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar and ends in Fazilka, a border town in India's Punjab state.
The ADB(Asian Development Bank) is involved as the facilitator and advisor for the project. The feasibility study suggested laying a 56-inch diameter 1,680 KM pipeline with the design capacity of 3.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per annum (Bcfd) from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan and Pakistan up to Pak-India border.