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TAPI project may become a reality soon: Indian minister

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A senior Indian official has said that the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project might become a reality soon as negotiation for the ambitious project was at the final stage, media reports said Monday.

India’s The Hindu quoted the Indian Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, as saying that discussions over the installation of the pipeline to bring gas from Turkmenistan to India through Afghanistan and Pakistan were at the final state when the project becomes a reality.

The minister said that after the completion of the project India would be free from being dependant on Gulf countries on natural gas.

In reply to a query, the minister said the government of India would also take a decision on a project to bring natural gas from Iran through a pipeline passing through Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He said that India had been procuring crude oil from 25 countries and it was not correct to say that the country was over-dependent on the West Asia for crude supplies.

The minister said in order to reduce dependence on imports of oil and gas to meet the energy needs of the growing Indian economy, a number of steps have been taken by the government for enhancing domestic production including improved oil recovery, enhanced oil recovery implemented by exploration and production companies for increasing oil recovery from fields.

The TAPI project received official backing from the supplier country, Turkmenistan, and the receiving countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, in 2010.

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