Work on TAP gas pipeline will start in December
PESHAWAR: Work on the three-way gas pipeline project delayed for a long time because of security concerns, will start in December, an Afghan minister was quoted by a news agency as saying in Kabul after his return from Islamabad on Thursday.
Construction work on the $3.2 billion project carrying Turkmenistan’s natural gas to Pakistan via Afghanistan would begin by the end of this year, Afghanistan Mines Minister Mir Mohammad Sideq told Pajhwok Afghan News in Kabul.
Sideq, who attended the 8th meeting on the project in Islamabad, said, “According to my assessment, practical work on the plan will begin in December”.
Completion of the project would take almost three years, he said, adding the meeting in Islamabad that concluded on Wednesday discussed the security situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s growing energy needs and Turkmenistan’s willingness to export the gas.