USA do not participate in the security of the gas pipeline project Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI), said Deputy assistant Secretary of state for Central Asia Daniel Rosenblum.
ASHGABAT, 18 Nov. Amangeldy Of Nurmuradov. The United States supports the gas pipeline project Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI), but do not participate in ensuring its security, said Wednesday at a briefing at the American Embassy in Ashgabat, the Deputy assistant Secretary of state for Central Asia Daniel Rosenblum.
The American diplomat, who arrived in Ashgabat to participate in the international exhibition and conference “Oil and gas of Turkmenistan — 2015”, special attention at the briefing devoted to the implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline project, the construction of which is scheduled Turkmen party on December 13 this year.
Turning to the issue of security of the pipeline, especially in Afghanistan, Rosenblum noted that in the world there are many examples when not only pipelines, but also power and other energy infrastructure is passed through problematic regions, where the security question also was very serious.
“Nevertheless, ways have been found to protect the security of this infrastructure. That is such ways exist, and I am sure that the partners in this project — the government of the country, private investors will be able to find such ways that will ensure the safety. This can be difficult, but possible,” said Rosenblum.
On the question of the participation of the USA in ensuring security of the TAPI project, the American diplomat said that the safety of the pipeline is the business of its owners and operators, while the States at the present time are neither the one nor the other. “Politically, we Express our support to this project, and it is not practically participate,” said Rosenblum.
The length of the TAPI gas pipeline, which should take its rise in the largest gas field of Turkmenistan Galkynysh (Revival) and reach the settlement Fazilka on the Pakistan-India border, approximately 1,800 kilometers. The capacity of the pipeline is 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. The project has received approval of a number of States, including Russia and the United States. For the construction of the pipeline consortium “TAPI limited”, whose leader was elected “Turkmengaz”.