Construction of TAPI pipeline expected to start in 2015
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Oct.21
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
It is planned to start the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) international gas pipeline in 2015, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said at the meeting of the Council of Elders.
The president's speech was published in Turkmen media outlets on Oct.21.
"The project for construction of the TAPI gas pipeline aims to ensure the economic development of the participating states and strengthening of the political stability in the region," he said.
The basic document for the TAPI promotion is Ashgabat's interstate agreement of the member-states on the beginning of the practical implementation of this project signed in 2010.
The design capacity of the TAPI is up to 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
The TAPI pipe length will reach 1,735 kilometers. Some 200 kilometers of the pipeline will run through Turkmenistan, 735 kilometers - through Afghanistan, 800 kilometers - through Pakistan to the settlement of Fazilka, located on the border with India.
Turkmenistan's largest field Galkynysh can serve as a raw material source.