TAPI Gas Pipeline Project : Well done Peoples' Government – by M Usama Kabbir

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It is these Economic ties that will strengthen diplomatic relations between the hostile countries of South Asia. The more common Economic Grounds we find as the Afghan-Transit Trade and the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline and TAPI Gas Pipeline, no outsider shall be able to exploit our differences. Now I understand why King Abdollah and Americans are uncomfotable with Democracy in Pakistan. Well done Peoples’ Government !

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan on Saturday signed broad agreements at a summit on a $7.6 billion transnational gas pipeline, though the talks yielded few concrete details.

The 1,700-kilometre Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (Tapi) pipeline, Ashgabat’s dream project that first appeared in 1995, has been on hold for many years due to the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

The presidents of Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan met for the first time to discuss the project, while India was represented by the country’s Energy Minister Murli Deora.

They signed an intergovernmental agreement on the Tapi pipeline, with energy ministers signing a separate framework document on the project, but no deal was reached on future sales or the consortium for the future construction tender.

The Tapi pipeline aims to transport over 30 billion cubic metres of gas annually from the Dauletabad gas fields in southeast Turkmenistan and could turn into a cash cow for Afghanistan in transit fees.

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai called it “a highly important project” and assured that he would “put in efforts to ensure security both during construction and after completing the project”.

Security of the pipeline inside Afghanistan has been questioned as the route would go through a number of turbulent regions, including the Helmand and Kandahar provinces which have become epicentres of violence.

The pipeline would also go through Quetta and end in Fazilka, an Indian city near the India-Pakistan border.

“This gas communication will relieve Pakistan’s economy of its weakness and help battle extremism,” said President Asif Ali Zardari, who arrived in Turkmenistan on Friday.

“We are witnessing a historic project,” said Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank which will fund the project. “It is not easy to make it happen. Efforts must be made to ensure its security and the ADB is ready to help realise it.”

On Friday, Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov expressed hope that the summit would finalise the parameters and dates of the project’s development, Turkmen newspapers said.

Turkmenistan, which is believed to hold the world’s fourth largest reserves of natural gas, has been working to diversify away from its reliance on Soviet pipelines and has had rows with Moscow over the projected trans-Caspian pipeline to Europe, Nabucco. Ashgabat has also opened export routes to China and increased gas supply to Iran in the recent years.

2 Comments to “TAPI Gas Pipeline Project : Well done Peoples' Government – by M Usama Kabbir”

  1. well done ! Great Leader Futurologist president ZARDARI ! Salute to your struggle for bright future of Pakistan !

  2. I laud the effort of President Zardari who had done another tremendous job by joining Billion Gas Pipeline project which will certainly help Pakistan meet its energy crisis. It would not be wrong if we call it a peace pipe line in the region. Construction of the pipeline is likely to commence soon which will be completed by 2013-14. The project would help overcome Pakistan’s growing energy crisis that has caused electricity shortages and protests across the country. Under the agreement, Afghanistan’s share would be 500 million cubic feet a day (MMcfd), Pakistan’s 1,325 mmcfd and India’s share would be 1,325 mmcfd. Turkmenistan was an important member of the Central Asian Republics and can play vital role in bridging the region with the rest of the world. The project will be a “huge mutual and regional significance” and enhance closer links at the highest level for realizing this project. Pakistan is keen to upgrade its bilateral ties with Turkmenistan in economic and trade fields.

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