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Cambridge Central Asia Forum


Practical Implementation of International Mega-Project and the Energy Potential of Turkmenistan

The TAPI project, also known as Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is a natural gaspipeline being developed by the consortium “Galkynysh – TAPI Pipeline Company Limited” with participation of the Asian Development Bank. The total length of the TAPI pipeline will be 1814 kilometers - a 214-kilometer section of the pipeline runs through Turkmenistan, a 774-kilometer section will run through Afghanistan and an 826-kilometer section will go through Pakistan.It is envisaged that after full commissioning of TAPI, that within 30 years up to 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year will be exported along the route from Galkynysh, the world’s second-biggest gas field, to Fazilka near the border with Pakistan in northern India.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed that, it is crucially important to involve Afghanistan in the implementation of major energy, transport and communications projects as a full-fledged partner and Turkmenistan regards this issue as a strategic guideline for Afghanistan, its role in regional and global processes and the guarantee of the prosperity and well-being of the Afghan people.

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