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Uzbekistan May Join The TAPI Project

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 02:33

Uzbekistan is considering the possibility of becoming the operator of the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) gas pipeline that is currently under construction. The chairman of the board of the national holding company “Uzbekneftegaz,” Alisher Sultanov, reported the news during the meeting of the International Press Club. “Most likely, we will become the operator of this project. Our Turkmen colleagues are holding a selection contest for an operator that would be able to organize the work across the entire pipeline (about 1,735 km). This is connected with some difficulties in the process of implementing this remarkable project. We have received instructions from the president to study the issue. This project is expensive, and all the aspects need to be weighed,” he said.


Worth recalling, during the meeting held on May 20, the presidents of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan discussed the issue of the Uzbek side's participation in the project.


“What is TAPI, if we don't take into account all the emotions of the outside world? First of all, it offers great opportunities in terms of diversifying the directions of gas transportation. However, so far there is no official statement about our participation in the TAPI project or Uzbekistan's accession to it. This project is purely economic; it aims at delivering gas from Central Asia to India and Pakistan. All the parties are interested in its implementation; however, there are regional issues that must be resolved,” Sultanov said.


The annual throughput of the TAPI gas main will amount to 33 billion cubic meters of gas. It will stretch from the Galkynysh deposit in the southern part of Turkmenistan to the Indian city of Fazilka. The total length of the pipeline will be 1,814 kilometers. Turkmenistan is building a 214-km-long section of the gas pipeline to the Turkmen-Afghan border in its territory at the expense of budgetary funds.

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