Islambad is still studying the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP), Iran-Pakistan and Qatar-Pakistan gas import pipeline projects and has yet to decide on which one to choose.


“We are working on these projects and would select one of them that would be in the best interest of the country,” Petroleum and Natural Resources Secretary Ahmad Waqar told the PPI news agency.


He said the government would decide in a couple of months which pipeline was suitable for the country. Several unnamed countries are interested to support both projects.


The proposed US$3.2-billion 1,460-km TAP pipeline would bring gas to Pakistan via Afghanistan from the Daulatabad gas fields in Turkmenistan Ð the fifth largest in the world.


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has funded the feasibility study of the project, which was completed in June 2003 by Brown and Roots consultants.