Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Dec. 6
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Afghanistan will profit by more than $1 billion per year for gas transit via the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, the Turkmenistan newspaper reported.
Necessary infrastructure facilities – plants, gas compressor stations and gas purification plants will be built along this energy bridge.
"More than 12,000 jobs will be created for our Afghan brothers," said Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, according to the report.
The main document for the TAPI, called the Ashgabat Interstate Agreement, was signed in 2010. The groundbreaking ceremony for TAPI's Turkmen section was held in mid-December of 2015.
The annual capacity of the gas pipeline will reach 33 billion cubic meters. It is planned that the total length of the TAPI pipeline will be 1,814 kilometers. Some 214 kilometers will pass through the territory of Turkmenistan, 774 kilometers - Afghanistan, 826 kilometers - Pakistan.
The project is expected to be completed in late 2019.
Currently, Turkmenistan delivers gas to China and Iran.