Afghanistan will profit by more than $1 billion per year for gas transit via the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline.
Necessary infrastructure facilities – plants, gas compressor stations and gas purification plants will be built along this energy bridge.
“More than 12,000 jobs will be created for our Afghan brothers”, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
The main document for the TAPI, called the Ashgabat Interstate Agreement, was signed in 2010. The groundbreaking ceremony for TAPI’s Turkmen section was held in mid-December 2015.
The annual capacity of the gas pipeline will reach 33 billion cubic meters. It is planned that the total length of the TAPI pipeline will be 1,814 kilometers. Some 214 kilometers will pass through the territory of Turkmenistan, 774 kilometers in Afghanistan, 826 kilometers in Pakistan.
The project is expected to be completed in late 2019.
Currently Turkmenistan delivers gas to China and Iran. (Trend/Business World Magazine)