TAPI pipeline framework being prepared on ‘fast-track’ basis

The framework for the TAPI pipeline project is being prepared on a “fast-track basis” with officials of the four stakeholder nations: Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, according to India’s petroleum and natural gas minister.

Speaking at Petrotech 2014, M. Veerappa Moily said the aim is to bring gas from Turkmenistan to the Indian border by August 2017. He said a transactional advisor for the project has been appointed and a sale and purchase agreement has been drawn.

“Apart from gas, this TAPI pipeline would usher in peace among the nations as well,” Moily said.

At 1,680 km and built with 56-in. OD pipe, TAPI would transport gas from Turkmenistan’s Daulatabad field to Fazilka, Punjab, at a capacity of 27 billion cu m/year, with part of this total drawn off in Afghanistan and Pakistan (OGJ Online, Feb. 8, 2013).

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