TAPI pipeline will export natural gas from 2019

It took 25 years for Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to start building the TAPI natural gas pipeline. With total cost valued at $10 billion, the participant countries hope to export up to 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year from 2019 via this 1,800-km pipeline. “This flagship project will usher in a new era and transform the lives of the millions of our people, making TAPI a symbol of shared prosperity and socio-economic development,” said Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who attended the groundbreaking ceremony in Mary, Turkmenistan. “The laying of this pipeline will not only serve for economic blossoming, (…) but also, (…) will act as the powerful factor of peace and stability in the region,” Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov added.