Pakistan eyes to begin constructing its TAPI section in near future
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Oct. 13
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Pakistan will start construction of its section of the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) gas pipeline by December 2018, the Turkmengas State Concern said in a message citing a statement by Abdul Rahman Bilal Sitara-e-Jurat, Director of the Pakistani Measac Research Center, at a seminar held recently in Islamabad.
Implementation of the TAPI project is expected to take two years. The Pakistani government plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with an unnamed German company for execution of the project in Pakistan.
Total length of the TAPI gas pipeline, with a design capacity of 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year, is approximately 1,840 kilometers. The length of the Turkmen section, which began to be built in December 2015, will be 205 kilometers.
Then, this energy bridge will pass through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar (816 kilometers), through the cities of Quetta and Multan across Pakistani territory (819 kilometers), and reach the settlement of Fazilka in India.
On Feb. 23, 2018, a solemn ceremony was held to begin construction of the Afghan section of TAPI, which will export the gas from the Galkynysh field in Turkmenistan, the second largest in the world.
The cost of the TAPI project ranges at $8-10 billion.