Dipl: (Pakistan and Turkmenistan decide to finalize electricity transmission line project)

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan and Turkmenistan have decided to establish a working group to finalize the issue of laying an electricity transmission line from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan.

The decision to this effect was taken at meeting between the two countries here on Tuesday. The Pakistani team at the meeting side was headed by Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan while the Turkmen side was jointly led by Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov and Energy Minister Mr. Dowran Rejepow.

Addressing the meeting, Omar Ayub Khan said the present government envisages an open and competitive electricity market, which will not only offer investment opportunities to entrepreneurs but also open vistas for regional electricity trade.

He said grids interconnectivity among Central Asian States and South Asian countries will also attract other countries especially along the CPEC route.

The Turkmen Minister for Energy said that Turkmenistan has surplus electricity available at affordable and competitive rates that can be exported to Pakistan via a transmission line.