Turkmenistan started work on its 1,814 Km natural gas pipeline to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) project funded by Asian Development Bank. It designed to reduce its dependence on gas sales to Russia and China.
- The ground-breaking ceremony took place at city of Mary of Turkmenistan which was attended by Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari.
- Project outlay – $10 bn
- Completion time – December 2019
- Leading partner – Turkmengaz
Features of TAPI gas pipeline
- The pipeline will be 1,420 millimetres (56 in) in diameter with a working pressure of 100 standard atmospheres (10,000 kPa).
- The capacity will be 33 billion cubic metres (1.2 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas per year of which 5 billion cubic metres (180 billion cubic feet) will be provided to Afghanistan and 14 billion cubic metres (490 billion cubic feet) to each Pakistan and India.
- 6 compressor stations would be constructed along the pipeline.
- The life of supply is expected to last for period of 30 years.
TAPI gas pipeline route
It start from the Galkynysh gas field in Afghanistan and will be constructed alongside the Kandahar–Herat Highway in western Afghanistan then via Quetta and Multan in Pakistan.
- The final destination of the pipeline will be the Fazilka (India) near the border between Pakistan and India.
Turkmenistan Capital – Ashgabat
Turkmenistan Currency – Turkmenistan manat