TAPI Gas Pipeline Project: Economic Prosperity for Afghanistan

On Thursday, in Kabul, the CEO of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) conducted a meeting. Muhammetmyrat Amanov the CEO had a meeting with the Deputy National Security Advisor of Afghanistan Ebadullah Ebad. The two seniors signed a security plan for TAPI.

Further, through the official Twitter handle, the office of the National Security Council (NSC) posted a statement on Friday. It stated that the security plan would protect this major transnational energy project. Ultimately, this will prompt regional stability by linking Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to the energy markets of South Asia.  

Additionally, they stated that “TAPI is a critical plank of Afghanistan’s regional integration and security policy”. Therefore, this will unite around the common interests of the key regional players, including India and Pakistan. 

Moreover, the Tapi gas pipeline project would bring 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas. Seemingly, linking from Gylkynish and gas fields in Turkmenistan to south Asian countries i.e Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. 

Reportedly, Its estimated length is 1,814 km. Out of 33 bcm, India and Pakistan are expected to buy 14 bcm of total gas and the rest would go to Afghanistan. Subsequently, it is believed that this project would be completed in 2 phases. 

 Taliban ensures support for TAPI 

Lastly, this February, the delegation headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar visited Ashgabat to speak with the foreign ministry of Turkmenistan. The visit was to ensure the safety of the TAPI project. Additionally, according to the Political office of the Taliban movement, the projects like TAPI, TAP, and railways from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan will bring economic prosperity to Afghanistan.  


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