EKATERINBURG (TASS): The implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline project (Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India) has been suspended until the situation in Afghanistan stabilizes. Federal Minister of Economy of Pakistan Omar Ayub Khan, who is in Yekaterinburg to participate in the work of the Russian-Pakistani intergovernmental commission, told TASS on Thursday.
In August, the official representative of the Qatari political office of the radical Taliban movement (banned in the Russian Federation) Mohammad Sohail Shahin said that the movement was interested in the construction of this gas pipeline. “Work on TAPI, as well as on other projects such as CASA-1000 (a project to create a system for the transmission of electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Afghanistan and Pakistan – note by TASS), has been suspended due to the situation in Afghanistan. According to the information we have, no work is currently underway in Afghanistan either on this or on any other projects. Many people have been evacuated and the World Bank is no longer represented in Afghanistan. After stabilizing the situation, we will be able to return to the issue of construction, ”the minister said.
The construction of the TAPI gas pipeline with the participation of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Turkmenistan has been underway since 2015. The project is worth $ 10 billion. The pipeline will connect energy-rich Central Asia with energy-starved countries in South Asia. In accordance with the project, up to 33 billion cubic meters. m of gas will be transported annually from the Galkynysh gas field in Turkmenistan to the city of Fazilka in the Indian state of Punjab via a 1,814 km pipeline through Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan is expected to receive $ 500 million annually from this project.