Turkmenistan, Afghan, Pak, India to sign gas pipeline deal

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    Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are scheduled to sign a landmark agreement for a multi-billion gas pipeline project in Ashgabat on September 20, Pakistan's Petroleum Ministry said on Friday.

    The pact will be signed by the Petroleum Ministers of the four countries at Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

    Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Syed Naveed Qamar will represent Pakistan at the signing ceremony of the Gas Pipeline Framework Agreement (GPFA) for the TAPI gas pipeline, a statement issued by the ministry said.

    The TAPI project is meant to bring natural gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan.

    The heads of state of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan signed an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) for joint oil and gas pipeline projects between the three countries in 2002.

    India joined the project in 2008 and a revised GPFA was initialled for the induction of India, thus changing the name of the project from TAP to TAPI.

    An ADB sponsored pre-feasibility study, conducted in 2004, indicated that the 1680-km pipeline project was economically and financially viable.

    It estimated the cost at USD 3.3 billion though the figure was revised to USD 7.6 billion in 2008. The pipeline would be designed to carry 3.2 BCFD gas from Turkmenistan, delivering 0.5 BCFD to Afghanistan and 1.35 BCFD each to Pakistan and India.

    The proposed signing of the GPFA would be a landmark achievement as the project has seen no progress since 2008, Pakistan's Petroleum Ministry said.

    President Asif Ali Zardari had reactivated the project during a recent telephone discussion with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

    "Zardari has directed Syed Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, to expedite concluding various agreements with the target of finalising Gas Sales Purchase Agreement by the end of this year or early next year," the statement said.

    After the signing of the GPFA in Ashgabad next week, the countries plan to convene rigorous rounds of negotiations to finalise the Gas Sales Purchase Agreement during a proposed TAPI summit in Ashgabad.

    "The renewed attention to this project from the present government would lead to significantly improving energy availability for Pakistan and help resolve the energy crisis," the Petroleum Ministry said.

    Turkmenistan, Afghan, Pak, India to sign gas pipeline deal: World : India Today
     
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    TAPI natural gas project inching towards reality


    With Afghanistan and Pakistan “virtually” promising to secure the pipeline in their territories, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, or TAPI, have agreed to rope in a global energy giant to implement the $3.3-billion natural gas project.

    The breakthrough came at a recent meeting of the TAPI Energy Ministers in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, brightening the prospects of the project, which was proposed in 1990s and delayed by wrangling over political and economic issues, especially security, as the pipeline passes through Afghanistan and Balochistan in Pakistan, areas considered unstable.

    India joined the project in April 2008.

    Officials of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry said the decision to engage a global energy giant was taken after Afghanistan promised to secure the pipeline that will cut its way through the Taliban heartland. Pakistan will formally convey the undertaking at the next TAPI meeting scheduled for either December this year or January 2011.

    The 1,680-km pipeline will begin in the Daulatabad gas field in south-eastern Turkmenistan and enter Afghanistan after passing through a 145-km stretch. It will reach India, traversing 735 km in Afghanistan and 800 km in Pakistan.

    However, the cost may almost double; the Asian Development Bank, the development partner for the project, had worked out the cost years ago.

    However, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Jitin Prasada, who represented India at the Ashgabat meeting, said though significant progress was made, many issues needed to be ironed out. “We hope to make good progress after the next meeting, as these energy assets are critical for India's energy security.”
     
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    India, Pak to sign US $7 billion gas pipeline deal


    Geneva: India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan will sign an agreement in December to build a 1,800 km long trans-border gas pipeline estimated to cost US $7 billion.

    "A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed recently between the four countries - India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan - and it will be operationalised by their leaders when they meet in December," Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan, told reporters on Monday.Hakimi, who is participating in an international meeting on regional cooperation in Central Asia, including sustainable development of Afghanistan.

    He also mentioned about peace talks that are currently underway in Rome today, saying terrorism is not originating from Afghanistan.

    US special representative for Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke and General David Petraeus and the Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul are talking part in these talks.

    Meanwhile, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe along with ESCAP has convened a two-day meeting on how to speed-up regional cooperation in Central Asia, particularly in generating economic development in Afghanistan.

    "Whereas little can be achieved without a minimum level of security, any progress made on the security front would be short-lived without being buttressed by a development effort to allow Afghanistan to build a sustainable future," said Andrey Vasilyev, UNECE deputy executive secretary.

    In a background paper prepared for the meeting, the UNECE maintained that without neglecting the decisive importance of the security dimension, it is imperative to focus on the "civilian development effort".

    Countries in Central America are land-locked pursuing divergent paths of economic development are facing a huge security challenge.

    "Threats to Central Asia from Afghanistan have a regional dimension," said the UN official, suggesting that instability from Afghanistan spills over into bordering countries such as Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmensitan.


    Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/india-pak-to-sign-us-7-billion-gas-pipeline-deal-60679?cp&cp

    The proposed project will supply gas from the resource-rich Central Asia to energy-starved South Asia.

    "This is a huge project involving energy cooperation between Central Asia and South Asia," the Afghan minister said, suggesting that the 1800 km underground pipeline will create employment for 20,000 people in his country now facing enormous security threats.


    Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/india-pak-to-sign-us-7-billion-gas-pipeline-deal-60679?cp&cp
     
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    Isn't there any ANY way at all by which we can bypass Pakistan? Through Iran or Oman or even undersea? This involving of Pakistan is suicidal. Those people don't have any money and are living on AID economy. If they default, all the other partnering countries will be in trouble. Also everytime there's a standoff of skirmish, they'll be holding us by our throats. Doesn't GOI understand this rather than thinking along the lines of idiots like "AMAN KI ASHA" gang?
     
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    TAPI gas pipeline project poised for breakthrough



    Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India form part of the project. Afghan mines minister says all parties perceive the project positively.The long-awaited Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project is heading for a breakthrough during a proposed four-nation summit at Ashgabat next month, a senior Afghan minister has said.




    Afghanistan’s minister of mines, Wahidulah Shahrani, told The Hindu on the sidelines of a major investment conference on Afghanistan in Dubai that the heads of government of the four participating countries are expected to meet in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s capital, in the second week of December. “Our team is already in Ashgabat to prepare for this meeting,” he said. Mr. Shahrani pointed out that an “inter-governmental agreement” is expected to be signed during the Ashgabat summit.



    Construction of the pipeline will commence soon after, and will be completed by 2013-14, at a cost of around $6.5 billion. Asked whether tensions between India and Pakistan will come in the way of the project, he said: “All parties perceive the project as positive.”The 1640-km Asian Development Bank (ADB) backed pipeline will draw gas from Turkmenistan’s Daulatabad gas field. Once
    inside Afghanistan, it will run alongside the Herat-Kandahar highway, before heading towards Multan in Pakistan via Quetta.


    The pipeline will terminate in India at Fazilka in Punjab. Reuters news agency, citing an Afghan government source had previously reported that reviving TAPI had been on the agenda of talks between Turkmenistan’s President, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai during their mid-September meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.



    Mr. Shahrani said that development of energy resources had emerged as a major thrust area for Afghanistan’s development. The minister added that preparations had been made to develop next year onwards, the Shibergan gas field, which has reserves up to eight trillion cubic feet in northern Afghanistan. The Kashgari oil block in the Amu Darya basin and the Mazar-e-Sharif reserves oil reserves were also poised for development.



    With mineral deposits valued at $3 trillion, Afghanistan has emerged as a mining heavyweight, Mr. Shahrani said during a presentation. In the next 15 years, mining would generate revenues of $3.5 billion, which would go a long way, in liberating Afghanistan from the foreign aid cycle, he observed.


    http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article923951.ece
     

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