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Work on Afghan section of TAPI to begin within a year

Work on Afghan section of TAPI to begin within a year

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Jul 07, 2017 - 12:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Turkmenistan says it is all set to build the Afghan section of a major gas pipeline worth billions of dollars, according to a Turkmen media report.

Muhummet Murat Amanov, chairman of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistaninfo-icon-Pakistaninfo-icon-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, made the announcement in Dushanbe on Thursday.

He said Turkmenistan had completed the evaluation of the TAPI gas pipeline and the state-run Türkmengaz had wrapped up the engineering and design phase of the project and has started laying the pipeline.

“The pipe-laying phase will start in Afghanistan within a year. Currently we are assessing the routes and issues related to earthquakes, along with social and environmental impact studies (in Afghanistan).

“Most of our work needs to be done this year and should be finalized by October or November,” the official told a meeting on the project.

The project is designed to export 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas annually through the 1,800-kilomter pipeline from the Dauletabad gas field through Herat, Helmand and Kandahar in Afghanistan, to Quetta and Multan in Pakistan, and on to Fazilka in India.

Scheduled to be completed by 2018, the pipeline to produce $400mn a year in revenues for Afghanistan besides providing an alternative energy source for the country.

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