Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Sept. 16 / Trend H.Hasanov /
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (
TAPI) gas pipeline project will provide stability to political and economic ties in the Asian continent, Chief of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Ambassador Miroslav Jenca said in an interview with the Neytralniy Turkmenistan newspaper.
He believes an intergovernmental agreement signed on TAPI in Ashgabat in December 2010 "showed a new quality and level of cooperation throughout the region."
The above document is a basic document for the promotion of TAPI.
The length of TAPI could reach 17,000 kilometers, with a design capacity of 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. The pipeline will have a diameter of 56 inches (1,420 mm) and a working pressure of 100 atmospheres.
The route is planned from the Turkmen Dovletabat fields through Herat and Kandahar (Afghanistan), via the districts of Quetta (Pakistan), to Fazlaka on the India-Pakistan border.
Today the interested parties agree the fuel cost, safety, transit, and consider the financing and creation of an international consortium.
Turkmenistan may serve to the interests of peace in Afghanistan, using its current presidency in the UN Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) with a view to promote closer ties and cooperation between the Central Asian states and Afghanistan, Jenca told the Turkmen media.