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India suggests TAPI gas pipeline from Kazakhstan border

11 march 2013, 16:01
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Photo courtesy of munaigaz.kz
Photo courtesy of munaigaz.kz
India has suggested to build Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline from Kazakhstan border, Tengrinews.kz reports citing KAZENERGY.

Indian newspaper The Hindu reports that the gas pipeline could start in Shymkent (a southern city of Kazakhstan) and continue into Uzbekistan. The reports also says that India has already presented a concept of the pipeline that could later be expanded to the territory of Russia.

This issue was discussed during a meeting of Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid with his Kazakhstan counterpart Yerlan Idrissov. They are expected to come back to this issue in the nearest time.

TAPI was initiated by Turkmenistan. Ashkhabad Interstate Agreement of the member-countries on beginning of practical implementation of TAPI project signed in 2010 is considered the fundamental document of the initiative.

According to Turkmenistan’s version, TAPI’s capacity could be up to 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The pipeline has to go from Gylkynysh (the biggest gas field in Turkmenistan) via Afghanistan’s Herat and Kandahar to its final destination in Fazilka village at the border of India and Pakistan.

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