Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 18
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
According to a preliminary feasibility study, the cost of the Turkmenistan- Afghanistan- Pakistan- India (TAPI) pipeline project is estimated to be around $7.6 billion, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India said referring to the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.
TAPI will be 1,814 kilometers long, the statement said.
Earlier, it was reported that the total length of TAPI will reach 1,735 kilometers. Some 200 kilometers of the pipeline will run through Turkmenistan, 735 kilometers - through Afghanistan, 800 kilometers - through Pakistan to the settlement of Fazilka, located on the border with India.
The meeting of the TAPI steering committee was held in Ashgabat in late 2014. A decision was made to announce an international tender to choose a TAPI Ltd. consortium leader in early 2015.
Turkmengaz State Concern, Afghan Gas Corporation, Pakistan's "Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited" and Indian "GAIL (India) Limited" with equal shares have recently established "TAPI Ltd." operating company. It will own the pipeline in the future. The project implementation can begin in 2015.
The basic document for its implementation is Ashgabat's interstate agreement signed among the participating countries in 2010.
The design capacity of the TAPI will be up to 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year, while the expected lifetime is 30 years.