Thursday, 28 December 2017

Afghanistan: TAPI gas pipeline Project to kick off in first months of 2018

Afghan officials said that the practical work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gaspipeline Project will kick off in 2018. Senior advisor to President Ashraf Ghani on financial and banking affairs said the project will be up and running in 2019. He said three gas distribution centers will be established in Kandahar, Helmand and Herat provinces to benefit from the project. The project will transfer gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India via a 1,814 km pipeline. The pipeline will start being constructed in Afghanistan in the first months of the next year. The Afghan government has plans to generate at least 100 megawatts of power by using the TAPI gas. “The TAPI project will provide a total of 33 billion cubic meters of gas to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Afghanistan will take 500 cubic meters of gas during the first 10 years, one billion during the next 10 and 1.5 billion during the subsequent years. There will be three off shoot points within Afghanistan in Kandahar, Herat and Lashkargah. We are working on the exact business plan for the use of this natural gas,” he said the senior advisor to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.