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Turkmenistan Will Deliver Gas to Afghanistan for 30 Years

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Turkmenistan Will Deliver Gas to Afghanistan for 30 Years

Turkmenistan will sell gas to Afghanistan for the 30 years following the construction of its trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline to India and Pakistan, Afghan Minister of Mines, Wahidullah Shahrani, said Wednesday.

Shahrani, who recently returned from Turkmenistan, said Turkmen President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, has promised to deliver to Afghanistan around 500 million cubic meters of gas per year at “appropriate prices”, and that the project would begin soon.

Shahrani added that in an economic meeting held in Kabul recently and attended by Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, Berdimuhamedov had indicated that he was satisfied with the progress of talks on gas prices and transit issues with India and Pakistan.

The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline agreement recognises Afghanistan has rights to a certain amount of gas.

Shahrani rejected the recent statement of Pakistan’s Secretary Petroleum and Natural Resources, Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry, that Afghanistan had given up its share of 500 million cubic meters gas.

Karzai has assured Turkmenistan that the Afghan government will strive to co-operate with the implementation of the TAPI project.

The TAPI pipeline is expected to transfer 33 billion cubic meters of gas each year. It will stretch for 1800 kilometres from Turkmenistan, through Kandahar and Chaman, to Pakistan and India.

The practical phase of the project will start by 2014.

Source: TOLOnews

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