Construction and installation work on the Turkmen section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is in full swing. At present, pipes are welded along the entire TAPI section, which runs in Turkmenistan to the border with Afghanistan, and work is underway on their laying, as well as the purchase of auxiliary equipment. This was stated at a web-conference meeting of the Turkmen government.
The construction of the pipeline with a length of 1814 kilometers (tentatively) and a throughput capacity of 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year, began in December 2015. According to the project, TAPI must go from the giant Turkmen gas field Galkynysh through the Afghan provinces of Herat, Farah, Helmand and Kandahar, as well as the Pakistani cities of Quetta and Multan, and reach the Pakistan-India border in the Indian city of Fazilka in Punjab.
The construction of the Afghan TAPI section began in February 2018. Also, preparations are underway to begin construction of a gas pipeline in Pakistan.
According to experts, the construction of TAPI will allow Ashgabat to diversify its gas exports, give Kabul funds to restore the economy and the social sphere, while Islamabad and Delhi will be able to fill the energy shortage that is holding back their economic development.