The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) said they had held a consultative meeting to discuss the latest activities and implementation of the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline on Tuesday.
The Afghan government, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the TAPI Pipeline Consortium (TPCL), met virtually to discuss the technical and economic aspects of the project. They expressed interest in the implementation of this project and discussed methods of its activation after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Afghan government had the MoMP, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Land and Urban Development, and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat in attendance.
At the beginning of the meeting, the ADB representatives briefed everyone on the bank’s financial assistance procurement process for the project, the financial plan and their assistance in the technical and operational aspects of the project.
Afterwards, the representatives of TPCL discussed the commitments of the four countries for the project and the recent developments in Afghanistan.
Haroon Chakhansuri, acting head of the MoMP told the participants that the implementation of the TAPI project has recently been coordinated at the national level to ensure that all stakeholders in Afghanistan work together to fulfil the commitments made by their government.
He added that in addition to land acquisition, the MoMP has coordinated with the relevant agencies on social and economic issues, project priorities and gas exploration, gas market and economic research in this area.
The participants appreciated the activities of Turkmenistan’s fuel and energy sector in the implementation of the TAPI project, and also stressed the constructive efforts of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov aimed at accelerating its implementation.
Last week, Turkmengaz, one of the main stakeholders of TPCL had offered Saudi-based Somo Al Mamlakah to invest in the development of the project.
The Saudi partners had expressed their readiness for long-term investment cooperation.
Also known as the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, TAPI is a natural gas pipeline that will connect the Galkynysh Gas Field in Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India.