TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India) pipeline a reality

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Turkenistan Afghanistan Pakistan TAP pipeline. The Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India is fast becoming a reality. It has been mentioned by US policy makers all the way since the 90s. The TAPI pipeline has been called many other names also. It was in the 90s called the Conoco pipeline–those were the days when Mr. Hamid Karzai used to live in Quetta running the Quetta shura of the Taliban (when it actually existed). Mr. Krazai is a self professed Talib himself and right before hell broke loose in 911, he was was the Conoco representative. Mr. Karzai has been pushing for the Conoco Pipeline to be constructed through Afghanistan. It must be noted that when Afghanistan deteriorated into civil–following the Soviet withdrawal, the CIA and Congressman Rohrabaker were instrumental in bringing the Taliban to power. The Taliban at the time brought peace to the war torn country, and this peace would allow Conoco to build the very lucrative pipeline from the world’s third larger reserve of gas to the Arabian sea and to Bharat where it would provide gas to energy hungry Delhi. Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are landlocked nations. They do not have complete control over the utilization of their natural resources, as they are forced to ship their oil and gas via pipelines that run through other countries in order to reach the global market. Whoever controls the pipelines controls the energy they contain, which is vital to a country’s economy and even military strength, as modern militaries, with aircraft, armored vehicles, and gas-powered ships are reliant on oil. The struggle for control of these pipelines is now being waged, quietly but surely, between many countries including Russia, China, Iran, and the United States.[4] Central Asian oil and gas has historically flowed through Russian pipelines. Of course, maintaining this arrangement will also mean that Russia will receive sizable transit fees as well as have more oil and gas with which to secure greater leverage in international politics. China proposes to build a pipeline of about 3000 km from the Caspian oil fields across Kazakhstan and into China to feed its growing economy. Iran would pump the oil and gas south into its existing network, which would boost its efforts to obtain a regional leadership position in the Middle East. The US, attempting to maintain its position as the world’s sole superpower, but without direct geographic access to the region, would like the oil.SRAS. From the Silk Road to The IPI pipeline has transformed into the Iran Pakistan (IP) Pipeline and the TAPI or even the TAP pipeline has not been started. Afghanistan is adjacent to Middle Eastern countries that are rich in oil and natural gas. And though Afghanistan may have little petroleum itself, it borders both Iran and Turkmenistan, countries with the second and third largest natural gas reserves in the world. (Russia is first.) Turkmenistan is the country nobody talks about. Its huge reserves of natural gas can only get to market through pipelines. Until 1991, it was part of the Soviet Union and its gas flowed only north through Soviet pipelines. Now the Russians plan a new pipeline north. TheChinese are building a new pipeline east. The U.S. is pushing for “multiple oil and gas export routes.” High-level Russian, Chinese and American delegations visit Turkmenistan frequently to discuss energy. The U.S. even has a special envoy for Eurasian energy diplomacy. Rivalry for pipeline routes and energy resources reflects competition for power and control in the region. Pipelines are important today in the same way that railway building was important in the 19th century. They connect trading partners and influence the regional balance of power. Afghanistan is a strategic piece of real estate in the geopolitical struggle for power and dominance in the region. Since the 1990s, Washington has promoted a natural gas pipeline south through Afghanistan. The route would pass through Kandahar province. In 2007, Richard Boucher, U.S. assistant secretary of state, said: “One of our goals is to stabilize Afghanistan,” and to link South and Central Asia “so that energy can flow to the south.” Oil and gas have motivated U.S. involvement in the Middle East for decades. Unwittingly or willingly, Canadian forces are supporting American goals. The proposed pipeline is called TAPI, after the initials of the four participating countries (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India). Eleven high-level planning meetings have been held during the past seven years, with Asian Development Bank sponsorship and multilateral support (including Canada’s). Construction is planned to start next year. The pipeline project was documented at three donor conferences on Afghanistan in the past three years and is referenced in the 2008 Afghan Development Plan. Published on Thursday, August 13, 2009 by The Toronto Star Afghanistan and the New Great Game. Prized pipeline route could explain West’s stubborn interest in poor, remote land by John Foster. Those pushing the TAP and the TAPI pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and or India are looking for peace in the troubled Hindukush. There is hope for peace if the pipeline is built soon. As things stand, work could begin in 2011. Delegates from the Pakistani government scheduled the signing of an agreement for a trilateral gas pipeline during talks in Turkmenistan, an official said. Delegates from Turkmenistan and Afghanistan were to have met in Kabul to sign an agreement on a natural gas pipeline to Pakistan and India at the end of August. A 1,043-mile pipeline would move gas from the Dauletabad gas field in Turkmenistan to consumers in Pakistan and India after transiting Afghanistan. Turkmenistan has more than 40 trillion cubic feet of gas in its Dauletabad gas field. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari ordered Naveed Qamar, the Pakistani petroleum and natural resources minister, to head Monday to Ashgabat to sign a framework on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-India gas pipeline, ministry sources told Pakistani newspaper The Daily Times. The Asian Development Bank financed a feasibility study for TAPI in 2005 despite the war in Afghanistan. The project is seen as a rival to Iran’s plans to build its own pipeline to Pakistan from the giant offshore South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf. ((20 SEP 2010))

http://thedawn.com.pk/2010/09/20/tapi-a-reality/

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