Pakistan, Turkmenistan ready to expedite work on TAPI
Pakistan and Turkmenistan have both agreed to accelerate work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discussed the TAPI project with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain on the sidelines of Canakkale battles centenary ceremonies in Istanbul, according to Pakistan’s Dawn.com.
The much-awaited project is scheduled to be completed by 2018.
The source adds that both nations have expressed concerns over Afghanistan’s security situation.
The pipeline has the capacity to carry 90mn standard cubic meters a day gas for a 30-year period, of which India and Pakistan would get 38 mmscmd each, and Afghanistan would get the remaining 14 mmscmd.
The 1735km gas pipeline is expected to stretch from the largest gas field in Turkmenistan, Galkynysh, through Afghanistan’s provinces of Herat and Kandahar to Fazilka, area located between India and Pakistan.
The four nations’ president signed the intergovernmental agreement of the TAPI project in 2010 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The project is developed by the Asian Development Bank.
The project has been a topic of discussion from 1990 onwards.
The Transaction Advisory Services Agreement (TASA) on the project was signed in November 2013.
The pipeline will bring USD 450mn in revenue to Afghanistan and generate employment opportunities for thousands of youths.
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