Construction of the Turkmen section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is going on in line with the schedule, the local Turkmenistan TV channel report.
During a government meeting, Turkmenistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Maksat Babayev gave information about the project’s implementation.
TAPI will make it possible to deliver gas from Turkmenistan, which ranks fourth in the world for its gas reserves, to large and promising markets of South and Southeast Asia. The pipeline will run from Galkynysh – the largest gas field in Turkmenistan – through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar, to reach Pakistan. It may finally reach the Fazilka settlement located near the Pakistan-India border, said some experts.
The total length of the TAPI will be 1,814 kilometers with annual capacity carry gas up to 33 billion cubic meters.
The project’s preliminary cost is estimated at $10 billion.
The Turkmen government said earlier that the state concern Turkmengas would be the main investor for the TAPI project.
Turkmenistan started constructing its TAPI section in December 2015 and the overall construction is expected to take three years.
Time frame for the Afghan and Pakistani sections’ construction has not been determined yet. However, the TAPI Pipeline Company Limited, which is developing the project, has signed a contract with German ILF Beratende Ingenieure GmbH for the provision of services for preliminary design and management of the project in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Technical work in the territory of these states has already started, according to reports.