Turkmenistan to provide long-term supply of natural gas to Southeast Asian countries
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 19
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
Construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline will make it possible to ensure long-term supply of energy carriers to the countries of Southeast Asia, oil and gas complex of Turkmenistan said in a message Aug. 19.
“This will ensure further economic development of the region, growth of its social well-being, acting as an important factor of enhancing energy security and sustainable development,” said the message.
The message noted that construction of an inspector gravel road has started at the section of the future TAPI main gas pipeline. The track’s width is over seven meters, and it will run along the whole gas line of the Turkmen section till the border with Afghanistan.
The pipeline with a length of 214 kilometers till the border with Afghanistan will be equipped with all the necessary infrastructure – a compressor station will be built on a 78-kilometer section to increase pressure of gas supply (100 atmospheres) into the main line, as well as the keys for launching treatment facilities, a commercial metering unit and other additional facilities providing vital functions of the gas pipeline, first of all system of automation and remote control.
“TAPI project is another effective step in the implementation of Turkmenistan's energy strategy, an important aspect of which is the formation of modern architecture of global energy security, including through the establishment of multi-vector system of transportation of Turkmen energy carriers to world markets,” the message said.
The groundbreaking ceremony for TAPI's Turkmen section was held in mid-December 2015.
The estimated cost of the project will exceed $10 billion. The annual capacity of TAPI will reach 33 billion cubic meters.
It is planned that the TAPI pipeline’s total length will be 1,814 kilometers.
The project is expected to be completed in late 2019.