The practical work on the TAPI Pipeline project will resume within four months, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) said on Thursday.
MoMP’s spokesman, Esmatullah Burhan, said land acquisition was an obstacle that has delayed the implementation of the project so far.
“There is no problem about the procedure. Around 15 percent of the procedure remains--which is a technical process that will be solved soon,” he said.
The Ministry of Economy said the project will help the development of the Afghan economy.
“The TAPI project is considered one of the important projects to boost the economy. The implementation of this project will cause further political and security cooperation in the region, particularly among these four countries,” said Habib Rahman, a spokesman for the Ministry of Economy.
The proposal of the TAPI Project was made in the 1990s but for several reasons, including long-time conflicts, the project has yet to be implemented.
In 2018, again the practical work on TAPI begun but later was postponed due to unknown reasons.
“Unfortunately, due to unhealthy competition of regional countries, the creation of hurdles by neighboring countries, weakness in management and diplomacy of the government in Afghanistan, and lack of capacity, caused a delay in implementation of this project,” said Darya Khan Baheer, an economist.
The pipeline will span 1,814 km with 735 km of it crossing through Afghanistan.