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Construction for TAPI pipeline is underway

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The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project is underway. Construction on the US$10 billion natural gas pipeline began on Sunday 13 December after attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the pipeline.

Risks of the project

Risks of construction of the TAPI pipeline project have been previously made; due to price-fixing debates and the lack of security in the areas where the pipeline will pass through, such as Afghanistan.

Signing agreements

Turkmenistan’s government has disclosed that they has signed a framework agreement with a consortium of companies:

  • JGC Corporation.
  • Mitsubishi.
  • Itochu.
  • Chiyoda.
  • Sojitz.
  • Calik Group of Companies.
  • Ronesans Endustri Tesisleri.

These companies will begin the third stage of the pipeline project at the Galkynysh field, boosting its output to 95 billion m3/y.


A State Department spokesman told PTI that the US had congratulated all four countries on the project, stating: "The US congratulates Turkmenistan and its partners on the recent groundbreaking for the construction of the natural gas pipeline to Afghanistan and onward to Pakistan and India.”

Due for completion

Led by state owned Turkmengas, Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov stated at the ceremony that "by December 2019, the pipeline will be completed. It will have a capacity of 33 billion m3."

Edited from various sources by Stephanie Roker

Sources: Business Insider UK, India Today, The Hindu

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