Agreement for the engineering design of the project was signed by the Afghan Gas Enterprise and Germany’s ILF Company, the Afghanistan Presidential Palace said in a statement. The acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, H.E. Ghezal Habibyar, said the practical implantation of the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project will take 3 years while the design, management and other tasks of the project will be completed in an additional year. The President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, the deputy Chief Eexecutive Mohammad Mohaqiq, the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) speaker Fazl Hadi Muslimyar and a number of foreign officials attended at the signing ceremony which was held at the Presidential Palace. “The TAPI pipeline project will cost $7.4 million and will be completed in two phases,” the Minister of mines and petroleum said. He added: “The first phase of the project – which includes the security of the project, agreements, design, social and environmental study, demining, a survey of the pipeline’s route and expropriation will be completed in one year.” The two phases will take four years. The pipeline (1,735 kilometers long) has the capacity of transferring 33 billion cubic meters of gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India through Herat, Farah, Helmand and Nimroz provinces of Pakistan. Afghanistan will earn USD 400 million per year from the pipeline, he added. “The pipeline will change Afghanistan into a transit hub for Central Asia. It will be an important economic corridor for Afghanistan because other projects like a power transmission project, a railway project, industrial parts and an optic fiber project will be built along the TAPI pipeline route,” the acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan added.
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