Agreement on trans-Afghan gas pipeline signed

The heads of line ministries of the participating countries have signed a framework agreement on construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project.  The managers of the line companies signed the Protocol of Amendments to chapters of the agreement on sale and purchase of natural gas. The meeting participants also discussed and agreed on a draft Agreement among the governments of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on implementation of TAPI gas pipeline project. The 1,680 km-long-pipeline is expected to carry 3.2 billion cu/ft/day (bcfd) gas from Turkmenistan. It will deliver 0.5bcfd to Afghanistan and 1.35bcfd each to Pakistan and India. The meeting also endorsed the schedule of regular meetings of TAPI Technical Working Group and Steering Committee in October-November, which will finalize the agreements. These documents will be presented at the Summit of Heads of States participating in the project, scheduled for December in Ashgabat.


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