China has officially appealed to the Pakistani authorities with a proposal to lay the China-Turkmenistan gas pipeline, the News agency ORIENT reports, citing the Pakistani newspaper Dawn.

– China would be cheaper and easier to stretch the pipe from Pakistan through the Karakorum mountains on the Western borders, – commented in an interview with Dawn head of the state gas company Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS) Mobin Saulat.

According to early reports in the press, we are talking about the construction of a branch of the transnational TAPI gas pipeline.

According to Saulat, Islamabad informed Ashgabat about the idea presented by the Chinese government. In addition, the managing Director said that a high-ranking Turkmen delegation intends to visit Islamabad in late November or early December.

During the visit, Turkmenistan and Pakistan are expected to sign an agreement with the host government, which will include provisions for the construction of a cross-border pipeline in transit to India, Dawn writes.

The ISGS declare Pakistan's readiness to start construction works on the TAPI highway. The necessary preparatory work – surveying, mapping, soil analysis and land acquisition – has been successfully completed.

According to the plans of TAPI Pipeline Company Ltd, recently presented at the ADIPEC international oil and gas conference in Abu Dhabi, the first cubic meters of Turkmen gas will reach Pakistan in two years.