ASHGABAT, December 13. The leaders of the countries-participants of the project of gas pipeline Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India (TAPI) laid on Sunday, the first stone in its construction.
In the ceremony held in the Turkmen city of Mary near the Galkynysh natural gas field, was attended by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, President Afghanistna Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Vice – President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari.
The construction of the TAPI gas pipeline will be completed in December 2019. This was stated by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, speaking at the ceremony of laying the first stone in the construction of the pipeline.
“By December 2019 the construction of the gas pipeline will be completed, – said Berdimuhamedov. – The capacity of the freeway will be 33 billion cubic meters of gas a year”.
The length of regional gas pipeline TAPI will be about 1800 km According to the technical documentation, the branch will be held from southeastern Turkmenistan into Afghanistan, then between the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar to Pakistan and Pakistani cities of Quetta and Multan will reach the Indian state of Punjab. The capacity of the gas pipeline will exceed 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year, or 90 million cubic meters per day. Of these, 14 million will buy in Afghanistan and 38 million – India and Pakistan. The construction of the pipeline will cost its participants in the amount of about $7.6 billion According to the Pakistani side, the first gas supplies via the pipeline will begin in 2019.