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Afghan delegation leaves for Pakistan to attend TAPI steering committee meeting

AT-KABUL: An Afghan delegation led by the minister of mines and petroleum left for Islamabad to attend the 19th steering committee meeting on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project.

Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and India are expected to discuss operational phase of the pipeline project in the meeting on February 11.

Rafi Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, said that participants of the meeting would also finalize the award of the project financing contract to a French energy firm, Total, which is likely to win the contract for TAPI pipeline.

He said that the pipeline will cross several provinces of Afghanistan and will bring millions of dollars in benefit for Afghanistan. He said that the pipeline project will also provide sufficient natural gas to Afghanistan in a reasonable price.

“Based on predication of Afghanistan’s demand for gas in the coming 30 years, we need 0.5 billion cubic meters gas in the first 10 years, 1 billion cubic meters in the second 10 years and 1.5 billion cubic meters in last 10 years,” Sediqi added.

He said that Afghanistan has made all preparation for implementation of the pipeline project.

It is pertinent to mention that drafting and technical discussion over the TAPI natural gas pipeline project have started in 2002. The pipeline will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and then to India.

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