Turkmenistan to start work on TAPI pipeline by year end

Turkmenistan today announced that it will start work on construction of the long-delayed $10bn TAPI  gas pipeline to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan in early December. The pipeline will open up a new export market for the Central Asian country which is becoming increasingly nervous about its energy sector’s over-dependence on China and Russia for sales.
 The project was first mooted in the 1990s and has the support of both the US and the Asian Development Bank, but has been dogged by the problems of establishing a secure transport route across Afghanistan. The 1,735 km pipeline will have an annual capacity of 33 bn m³ which it will almost certainly pump from Turkmenistan’s mammoth Galkynysh field, the world’s second-largest reservoir. It is expected that the construction of the pipeline will take three years to build and that it will remain operational  for a further 30.