Plan For Implementation of TAPI Project To Be Completed Within Three Upcoming Years, Officials

Sunday April 6, 2014
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan says that work on technical aspects of TAPI project is going on in complete seriousness and it is supposed to be completed till three upcoming years. According to the concerned authorities of this ministry, the study on technical aspects of transmission of TAPI gas pipeline of Turkmenistan via Afghanistan to Pakistan and India would be completed till one year. Head of petroleum portion of Ministry of Mines and Petroleum Jalil Jemrani said that according to recent research, at this project, $ 11 billion would be spent that would be paid by Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, India and Pakistan.
He added that if the situation of the region remained suitable and Turkmenistan and the winner company sign the agreement on its due time, this project would be completed till next three years. Jemrani has asserted that during one year, we would complete all technical studies. All these are related to the situation in the region. How Turkmenistan to be have with Winner Company and how to reach to agreement. This issue is very important. If this agreement to take place among them till the mid of next year, during next three years the project of gas pipe line would implement and gas would be transferred to three countries. The plan of TAPI project is discussed in 2002 among Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, India and Pakistan and in that time, decision was made this project to be implemented till 2017. The authorities of ministry of foreign affairs say that diplomatic efforts are continuing by government with those three countries involved in the project. General President of cooperation of this ministry, Wahidullah Waisi said in the connection that this project through five phases would be implemented till the end of 2017. To date, from five phases, its three phases are completed. In our consideration, the process of the project is promoting well and in 2017, the gas would be transferred. He added that we are optimist in this respect. All diplomatic efforts are continuing with three countries by the government of Afghanistan.
At the same time, a number of witnesses in economic affairs while are optimist about TAPI project implementation for Afghanistan, say that this project is one of important economic projects for government and people of Afghanistan and serious attention should be paid for maintenance of the project security. One of witnesses is economic affairs and lecturer of a private faculty of economy, Ali Rahmani said in the connection that no doubt, implementation of TAPI project is one of great economic projects for the involved countries. With implementation of this project not only has much benefit for Afghanistan but, it plays important role for employment of unemployed. He added that inside Afghanistan, this pipeline begins from Torghundi port and through Herat, Farah, Neemroz and Helmand provinces and Spinboldak port would link to Pakistan. In this itinerary, our countrymen who are living across this pipeline would benefit from its gas and also would provide more facilities for those provinces. Likewise, a number of our countrymen say that the government should get much benefit from this project, because it passes via Afghanistan to India and Pakistan. Those countries which are contributing at this project should make all-out effort so the project is implemented successfully.
A Kabul citizen, Tareq says that Afghanistan is one of the countries that are a linking point between south and central Asian nations. So the letters should cooperate Afghanistan in implementation of TAPI project and those three countries should make efforts this project be implemented as soon as possible. This is in a time that the plant of TAPI project was discussed among Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Turkmenistan in 2002 and at that time decision was made this project to be implemented till 2017. Based on official data of Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, during first ten years, 500 million cubic meter gas and during second and third ten years, one billion cubic meter gas would be transferred via this pipeline.

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