An Indian delegation led by Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, left for Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, to attend the 22nd Steering Committee meeting of the TAPI natural gas pipeline project.

“India remains committed to play its rightful role with responsibility in implementing the over 1,800-km-long gas pipeline, which is expected to deliver natural gas to the tune of 38 million standard cubic metres, at India’s western border, thereby enhancing the nation’s energy security,” a statement from the Petroleum Ministry said.

The meeting comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Turkmenistan last month, which was, in turn, followed by the visit of Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan Baymurat Hojamuhammedov to India.

Progress of the TAPI (Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan India) natural gas pipeline project was one of the important agenda points at these meetings.

Apart from senior officials from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Ministry of External Affairs, the delegation also includes BC Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL and NK Verma, Managing Director of ONGC Videsh.