Pipeline Buried Below Ground Will Be Safe From Taliban

Afghanistan Says Confident Can Secure TAPI Gas Pipeline. “Afghanistan will secure a planned international gas pipeline through the Taliban heartland by burying sections underground and paying local communities to guard it, the mining minister said on Wednesday. Wahidullah Shahrani also said he was confident the project — valued at $3.3 billion and which would run from Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan to India (TAPI) — could secure international funding. ‘This huge project is very important to Afganistan,’ Shahrani told a news conference in the capital, Kabul. ‘We will be earning a transit fee of hundreds of millions of dollars each year, it will create tremendous job opportunities for the people of Afghanistan during and after the construction, and the major population centres along the pipeline will benefit from the gas supplies,’ he said. Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has ordered that the project be completed and operational by 2014, one of Shahrani’s aides told Reuters, so the four countries are working at top speed to complete preliminaries before seeking investors.” ((22 SEP 2010))





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