Start date of TAPI pipeline's construction revealed
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov. 10
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
Solemn groundbreaking ceremony of the huge Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline will take place on December 13, 2015.
Afghanistan's Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has been invited to participate at the ceremony by his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during a phone conversation.
The president of Afghanistan expressed confidence that the implementation of this large-scale, Turkmenistan-initiated project will have a crucial importance for the whole region, Turkmenistan-4 TV channel reported.
The implementation of TAPI project was a key subject of discussions during the meeting of the Turkmen-Afghan intergovernmental commission on trade-economic cooperation took place in Ashgabat.
The participants of the meeting noted that the implementation of TAPI project will be additional stimulus for the expanding of the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan both in energy and transport and communications spheres.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree Nov. 7 ordering to design and construct the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline's section that is to run through Turkmenistan.
These works were entrusted to two state concerns - Turkmengaz and Turkmennebitgazgurlushyk.
The document also stipulates to start TAPI's construction in December 2015 and hand over facilities fully ready for commissioning in December 2018.
The main document for the TAPI - the Ashgabat Interstate Agreement - was signed in 2010 by the party states to start the realization of the project.
The length of the pipe can reach 1,735 kilometers.
The pipeline is to run from Galkynysh - the largest gas field in Turkmenistan - the through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar, and finally reach the Fazilka township located near the India-Pakistan border.
The project's estimated cost is up to $10 billion.