ISLAMABAD (APP) – The construction work on the ten billion dollars TAPI gas pipeline project connecting Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) is set to take off on Sunday.

The 1,735-kilometer pipeline is supposed to eventually carry 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year to South Asia from Turkmenistan.

The project would be completed in 2018 and gas for the pipeline is to be sourced from the Galkynysh field in Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan’s state company Turkmengaz will lead the project consortium with 51% stake.

Other consortium partners include Afghan Gas Enterprise, Pakistan’s Inter State Gas Systems and Indian natural gas processing and distribution giant Gail.