The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline received a critical boost that could help contractors pushed forward into the most critical stage of the pipeline’s development.
What Is The TAPI Pipeline?
The TAPI pipeline is an ambitious exposed pipeline project that stretches over 1,100 miles, a majority of which will run alongside the Kandahar-Heret highway. Because of the size and scope of the exposed pipeline, there were initially many concerns about whether the project could be completed.
If completed, the pipeline would carry up to 33 billion cubic meters of gas annually. Many countries involved with the project’s construction would purchase gas that was transported on the line. Officials have estimated that India and Pakistan would both buy approximately 14 billion cubic meters of gas, while Afghanistan would purchase approximately five billion.
As the project pushed forward into its critical stages, it received a boost from Saudi Arabia, who committed to providing substantial investments to the project. The financial issues surrounding this, however, displayed the complexity of the project. Officials in Turkey did not provide clarity about the situation, which made it unclear if Saudi Arabia had actually produced the funds.
A few weeks later, however, the Turkmen deputy prime minister with the portfolio for energy issues, indicated that the Saudi Fund for Development had already distributed the funds. But, this goes to show the nature of working on an exposed pipeline that stretches across multiple countries, and requires regulatory approval from various agencies.
It’s been said that these funds arrived at a critical time, as the project’s construction was set to enter the most precarious section. The funds from Saudi Arabi could prove to be the tipping point needed to complete such a massive, state-of-the-art project. The project was initially slated to be completed in 2020.