Regional countries to sign gas pipeline project on Sept. 20

19:45, September 17, 2010      

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Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Turkmenistan will sign a multi-billion gas pipeline project in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat on Sept. 20, Pakistani Petroleum Ministry said Friday.

Pakistan Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Syed Naveed Qamar will represent his country in the signing ceremony of the Gas Pipeline Framework Agreement (GPFA) of Turkmenistan- Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, a ministry statement said.

The TAPI gas pipeline project is being planned to bring natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India.

The state heads of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for joint oil and gas pipeline projects between the three countries in 2002.

India joined the project in 2008 and a revised GPFA was initialed for the induction of India, thus changing the project from TAP to TAPI.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sponsored pre-feasibility study,conducted in 2004, indicated that the 1,680 km pipeline project was economically and financially viable and estimated cost was 3.3 billion U.S. dollars (revised to 7.6 billion in 2008).

The pipeline would be designed to carry 3.2 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) gas from Turkmenistan, delivering 0.5 bcfd to Afghanistan and 1.35 bcfd each to Pakistan and India. Pakistan would be able to produce 6000 MW electricity by using 1.35 bcfd gas.

This would be a landmark achievement as the project had seen no progress since 2008, the Petroleum Ministry said.


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