ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Nov. 15
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
The Turkmen section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) transnational gas pipeline is being rapidly constructed, Trend reports referring to the Turkmengas State Concern.
The main work is being held on the 120th kilometer, where Komatsu and Caterpillar companies’ equipment is used.
The local specialists gained practical experience in the construction of pipelines during the construction of the East-West gas pipeline on the territory of the country.
The construction of the TAPI gas pipeline remains among the priorities of regional cooperation. After the commissioning of this energy corridor, TAPI will raise regional cooperation to a new level and will contribute to prosperity in Central and South Asia.
The length of the Turkmen section of the TAPI pipeline, the construction of which was launched in December 2015, will be 205 kilometers. The pipeline 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 city of Fazilka in India.
The construction of the Afghan section of the pipeline was initiated in February 2018, while the construction of the Pakistani section was planned to be launched till late 2019.
The pipeline’s design capacity will be 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The project’s cost is estimated at about $8 billion.