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TAPI and TAP Projects Discussed In Afghanistan

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Thursday November 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline (TAPI) and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) power transmission line and railway initiated by the Turkmen side were discussed with the participation of the Afghan leader and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah. A delegation of Turkmenistan led by Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rashid Meredov was on a working visit to Afghanistan. The delegation was received by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who reaffirmed Afghanistan’s commitment to the traditional intergovernmental dialogue. In particular, the agreement defines the volume of electricity that will be supplied to Afghanistan via the new transmission line – 300 megawatts to Herat and Kandahar cities each. In the future, they are planned to increase to 1,000 megawatts.
The TAPI pipeline will run from Galkynysh – the largest gas field in Turkmenistan – through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar, and finally, reach the Fazilka settlement located near the India-Pakistan border. The total length of the pipeline is 1,814 km, the preliminary cost of the project is $10 billion. Annual capacity of the gas pipeline will be 33 billion m3. On February 23, 2018, the construction of the Afghan section of the TAPI gas pipeline, which will export gas from the Galkynysh field in Turkmenistan, was launched.

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