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Kabul to host 21st TAPI meeting

AT-KABUL: The 21st steering committee meeting of Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) gas pipeline project is going to be held on 19th March, 2015 in Kabul, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

Shekib Mustaghni, spokesman for the MoFA, told media-men on Tuesday that concerned ministers of the four countries and other stakeholders of the project will gather in Kabul to participate in 21st steering committee meeting of TAPI project. “Afghan minister of mines and petroleum will chair the upcoming steering committee meeting,” Mustaghni added.

He said that technical work teams of the four shareholders will hold session ahead of the event.

“Agenda of the steering committee meeting will mainly revolve over transparency in giving contract of the project through a competitive bidding,” he went on as saying.

The 20th steering committee meeting of the natural gas pipeline project was held in Islamabad recently.

It is pertinent to mention that drafting and technical discussion over the TAPI natural gas pipeline project have started in 2002.

TAPI is a proposed natural gaspipeline being developed by the Asian Development Bank.

It is expected to be completed around 2018, the pipeline will transport Caspian Sea   natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India. The cost of the pipeline project was reportedly estimated at $7.6 billion, but a more recent estimate was $10 billion.

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