China submitted proposal to Pakistan on gas pipeline from Turkmenistan

China submitted proposal to Pakistan on gas pipeline from Turkmenistan

China has formally approached the Pakistani authorities and submitted a proposal for a China-Turkmenistan pipeline, reports Dawn newspaper.

“It would be cheaper and easier for China to build one from Pakistan’s territory to cross the Karakoram range to its western border,” said the Managing Director of Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS) Mobin Saulat explained in interview to Dawn on Monday.

According to him, since the Chinese government has contacted Pakistan just recently, their proposal has been shared with Turkmenistan.

Head of ISGS also informed that a high profile delegation from Turkmenistan plans to visit Islamabad in the end of November or first week of December.

The two sides are expected to sign the host country agreement on giving of transit rights for laying the pipeline, facilitating India to connect it in its territory with its origin point-Fazilka district.

He added that Pakistan has completed the entire preparatory works, including survey, mapping, soil tests, land acquisition etc., required for launching the civil work for laying the pipeline.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to inaugurate the construction 780km-long segment of the TAPI project in Pakistan.

The 1,800km-long pipeline, which begins from the Galkynysh gas field in Turkmenistan, passes through Herat and Kandahar in Afghanistan, moves through Pakistan via Quetta and Multan and concludes at Fazilka in India.