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TAPI pipeline project in Afghanistan to resume soon

Last weekend, officials from Turkmenistan arrived in Kabul to discuss beginning work on the 1 814 km TAPI pipeline

TAPI pipeline project in Afghanistan to resume soon

Kabul, November 1 - Neftegaz.RU. Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi at a press conference with Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov said the Turkmenistan delegation and Islamic Emirate held talks on economic and political issues.

During the 2-day visit both sides discussed issues around strengthening political relations and economic ties.
Muttaqi said they talked about the TAPI gas pipeline project, adding the implementation of the project in Afghanistan will start soon.

For the Taliban*, securing the TAPI pipeline has been a major part of their drive to power in Afghanistan.
TAPI will not only provide energy resources to the country, but also provide revenues in the form of transit fees.
Afghanistan is expected to earn $500 million annually from this proje

Despite long delays primarily due to the situation in Afghanistan, none of the stakeholders has abandoned the project since the ground-breaking ceremony in Turkmenistan in 2015 and the inauguration of the Afghan leg of the project in 2018.

The 1814 km pipeline has been designed for a 30-year period and is expected to supply about 33 billion m3 of gas per year from Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh field through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar, as well as the Pakistani cities Quetta and Multan.
The pipeline ends at the Indian city of Fazilka.

The state company of Turkemenistan, Turkmengaz, is the main contributor to the project, responsible for financing $8.5 billion of the $10 billion costs as well as managing the TAPI pipeline.
Meanwhile, Meredov has invited the Afghan FM to visit Turkmenistan.

*The Taliban is a terrorist organization banned in Russia

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