Afghan officials said at a gathering on Wednesday that the practical work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Pipeline project will kick off in 2018.
Senior advisor to President Ashraf Ghani on financial and banking affairs, Ajmal Ahmadi, said the project will be up and running in 2019.
He said three gas distribution centers will be established in Kandahar, Herat and Helmand provinces to benefit from the project.
The project will transfer gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India via a 1,814km pipeline. The pipeline will start being constructed in Afghanistan in February next year.
Ahmadi said government has plans to generate at least 100 megawatts of power by using the TAPI gas.
“The TAPI project will provide a total of 33 billion cubic meters of gas to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Afghanistan will take 500 cubic meters of gas during the first 10 years, one billion during the next 10 and 1.5 billion during the subsequent years. There will be three off shoot points within Afghanistan in Kandahar, Herat and Lashkargah. We are working on the exact business plan for the use of this natural gas,” he said.
At the same event, CEO of the TAPI project, Mohammad Mirat Amanov, said the project is crucial for economic development of countries in the region.
“The TAPI pipeline project has been a substantial project up to this date. Major project agreements are in place particularly gas sales and project agreements have been signed with all of the stake holders,” he said.
Legal advisor of the project, Bimal Desai, said the stakeholder countries need many agreements to continue the implementation of the project.
“There will be a host government agreement with Afghanistan and with Pakistan as the two countries which the pipeline will go through. And that will provide the framework and the legal stability to make the project take place,” he said.