Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov.5
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
Preparatory work is underway in Turkmenistan as part of the construction of the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) gas pipeline, according to a statement by the country's Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry and Mineral Resources.
Construction work will begin in December 2015, as part of the program for development of Turkmenistan's oil and gas industry by 2030, according to the statement.
One of the main tasks to be performed is to measure the pipeline's route. Currently, this work is being carried out by specialists from the Institute of Oil and Gas at the Turkmengaz state concern.
The total length of the gas pipeline running through Turkmenistan's territory will exceed 200 kilometers.
The basic document for TAPI is the interstate agreement signed by the participating states in Ashgabat in 2010 on beginning the practical implementation of this project.
Its design capacity will allow for transporting up to 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year, and it is expected to cost approximately $10 billion to build.