Russia interested in TAPI gas pipeline

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Russian companies are interested in participation in construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, press office of the Russian government quoted Russian Vice Premier Arkadii Dvorkovich as saying at the V International Gas Congress.

“I hope that the consortium will be able to implement the project and safeguard its safety,” said Dvorkovich.

He said the Russian companies will continue their active work in Turkmenistan. “This is a long-term partnership and friendship between our countries,” Dvorkovich said.

Russian Vice Premier took part at the plenary session “International Investments in Development of Turkmenistan Gas Resources: Further Development of Offshore and Onshore Gas Condensate Fields.”

The press release also reads that co-chairmen of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation – Arkadii Dvorkovich and Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov have had a meeting.

They stressed growth of mutual trade turnover by 12.6% in 2013 against 2012. The sides have agreed to hold the 8th session of the commission in mid-2014 in Russia.

In October 2013 Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said during his visit to Moscow that he hopes that Russia will take part in TAPI construction.

The Turkmenistan officials hope that TAPI construction will begin in 2015.



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