Development > TAPI Pipeline
(TAPI) pipeline project has had a slow start. The mega-project, if it
ever gets to completion, will yield great benefits to the participating
nations and the Central and South Asian region. The TAPI pipeline will
transport natural gas from Turkmenistan to the neighboring South Asian
region - providing natural gas to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. This
long-term supply of natural gas will support Afghanistan's
energy needs and help rebuild links with neighboring "Silk Road"
project has been delayed numerous times. It is estimated that
the pipeline could be operational by 2018.
Security Concerns. The pipeline, once
constructed, will transport natural gas through some areas still
undergoing conflict - the dangerous south of Afghanistan and the Quetta
region of Pakistan. These areas are the heartland of the Taliban
movement. The pipeline will travel about 735 kilometers through
Afghanistan. The overall length will be about 1,600 kilometers - running
from the Afghan/Turkmen border to the Pakistan/Indian border.
MoMP. The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum is the
implementing agency for Afghanistan. The project will generate $500
million USD annually for Afghanistan by way of a transit tax.
Websites with Info on the TAPI Pipeline
Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline by Wikipedia
Energy Security - NATO Multimedia Library
Blog Posts about TAPI Pipeline by Afghan War News
News Reports on TAPI Pipeline
December 15, 2016.
"TAPI: A Transnational Pipe Dream", STATFOR. Until the
Taliban and government of Afghanistan arrive at a settlement to end the
conflict, building the Afghan section of TAPI is problematic.
April 9, 2016.
"TAPI Shareholders Sign Agreement to Kick Start Construction".
Tolo News. An investment agreement was signed by petroleum
ministers and senior government officials from Afghanistan,
Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India, as well as senior Asian Development
Bank (ADB) officials.
March 2, 2016.
"Afghanistan Prepares to Start Work on TAPI", Tolo News.
December 30, 2015.
"The TAPI Pipeline and Paths to Peace in Afghanistan", by Barnett
Rubin, The New Yorker.
June 25, 2015.
"Afghanistan's Pipeline Nears Fruition". By John C. K. Daly,
Silk Road Reporters. A detailed update on the TAPI pipeline.
March 20, 2015.
"A Breakthrough on the TAPI Pipeline?". The Diplomat.
Construction could begin as early as 2015.
March 18, 2015.
"TAPI summit in Kabul tomorrow". Khaama Press.
February 27, 2015.
"TAPI and India's Future in Eurasia". By Micha'el Tanchum, The
Diplomat. This article suggests that India may be marginalized as a
result of developments with the TAPI pipeline.
November 27, 2014.
"TAPI Pipeline Finally Sees Some Momentum". By Casey Michel, The
Diplomat. The idea of the TAPI pipeline may soon see some momentum.
November 13, 2014.
"Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India Establish Landmark TAPI
Pipeline Company", Asian Development Bank.
March 21, 2012.
"Collateral Damage from Afghan Turmoil - The TAPI Pipeline", The
World Post. This article details the long history of the TAPI
pipeline going back to when the pipeline was proposed to the Taliban
regime (then in power).