Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 23
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project will enter into a phase of implementation in the near future, according to the news coming from Ashgabat.
This issue was discussed at a high level in Ashgabat: Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov said at a meeting recently held with Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif that the two countries discussed the challenges for the full implementation of the TAPI project.
In turn, the head of the government of Pakistan also stressed the great interest of Islamabad "for the speedy implementation of TAPI gas pipeline project." He said that the practical implementation of the project will contribute to the development of economic cooperation in all areas - not only at a regional but also at a global scale.
Turkmen gas will help meet the growing energy consumption in India and Pakistan. By 2030 the need can rise twice. The remaining part will facilitate the constant shortage of energy resources in transit Afghanistan.
In turn, observers say that a tense situation in Afghanistan can hinder this grand project. In this regard, Ashgabat has repeatedly expressed its willingness to host the talks under the auspices of the United Nations to restore peace in the country.
TAPI gas pipeline with the length of 1,800 kilometers, of which 200 kilometers will run though Turkmenistan, 773 kilometers - Afghanistan, 827 kilometers - Pakistan, is designed to meet the gas demand of the industry of the countries with the population of over 1.5 billion.
Turkmenistan's Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry and Mineral Resources previously said that an international tender will be announced soon to choose the leader of TAPI consortium. It was also noted that the feasibility study of the project is worked out by UK Penspen company.
The annual pumping capacity of the gas pipeline will be 33 billion cubic meters.
"The economic feasibility of this project, which is based on the high demand for natural gas in South Asia, is also emphasized by the fact that none of its participants has any doubt in Turkmenistan's ability to ensure the long-term gas supplies on this route," the ministry said.
It is known that the supplies will be carried out from Turkmenistan's Galkynysh field, the second largest gas field in the world.