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Gas pipeline to spur regional development: Abdullah

Gas pipeline to spur regional development: Abdullah

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Mar 19, 2015 - 17:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The chief executive officer (CEO) on Thursday said the Afghan government would enhance cooperation with partners on the issue of fast-track implementation of a four-nation gas pipeline project.

He hoped the Turkmenistan-Afghanistaninfo-icon-Pakistaninfo-icon-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, when executed, would pave the ground for the region’s economic growth and development.

A statement from the CEO office said Dr. Abdullah Abdullah discussed with TAPI project board members different aspects of the ambitious scheme in Kabul.

Abdullah said implementing the project would also help overcome the energy crisis in the region and spur economic development among partner countries.

The 1,800-km pipeline aims to export up to 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas annually from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

The Afghan government had been making all-out efforts and would continue to take serious measures for the implementation of the project, Abdullah said.

The board members said gas giants had evinced a keen interest in taking part in the project implementation. They added a consortium of companies from the four countries would be created soon.

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