Saba briefs Wolesi Jirga on TAPI gas project
KABUL (Pajhwok): A survey on socio-physical environment for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline would be launched in Afghanistan next year, the mines minister told lawmakers on Saturday.
Daud Shah Saba told the lower house of parliament or Wolesi Jirga that physical work on the nearly $10 billion gas pipeline project would be started in 2017 and would be completed in 2020.
Leaders from the four partner countries last week inaugurated construction of the Turkmen segment of the nearly 1,800 kilometers pipeline to Afghanistan.
Saba told lawmakers practical work on the project was ongoing in the Karakum desert outside the southeastern Turkmen city of Mary.
He said the socio-physical survey for the project in Afghanistan would be launched in the beginning of 2016.
Saba said transfer of the gas would be started in early 2020 from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Afghanistan would earn $400 million annually in transit fee and the project would create permanent jobs for nearly 7,000 people in the country and 2000 additional people would be hired for security of the project, he said.
A 750km portion of the pipeline would pass through Afghanistan’s Herat, Farah, Helmand, Nimroz and Kandahar provinces reaching Pakistan. Up to 800 km pipeline would be extended in Pakistan to reach India, he added.
The pipeline aims to export up to 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Officials of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum say Afghanistan would purchase 500 million cubic metre of gas in the first decade, 1 billion cubic metre in the second and 1.5 billion cubic metre of gas in the third decade.
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