TAPI pipeline: Two major US oil companies interested

Published: March 24, 2012

TAPI is consistent with US policy of diversifying export routes for Turkmen gas.

NEW DEHLI: 

Two major US oil companies are interested in a four-country pipeline that would ship gas worth billions of dollars from Turkmenistan to India and Pakistan, a US government official said on Friday.

“A couple of major US oil companies are interested,” said Daniel Stein, senior advisor to the special envoy for Eurasian Energy in the United States. “We would like to see a US company involved at some point in TAPI.” He declined to name the companies. TAPI is considered to be consistent with US’s declared policy of linking Central and South Asia and diversifying export routes for Turkmen gas.

The trans-Afghanistan pipeline, first proposed in early 1990s, will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India.

Under the proposed project, the 1,680 kilometre-long gas pipeline, backed by the Asian Development Bank, will bring 3.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from Turkmenistan’s gas fields to Multan and end at the north-western Indian town of Fazilka.

The building of the US-backed TAPI pipeline through some of Afghanistan’s most volatile regions presents a major challenge, adding to the project’s other hurdles such as gas pricing and transit fees.

The governments of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are now aiming to sign the TAPI pipeline deal by July 31, 2012.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Mar 24, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Thats the reason why US threatening Pakistan to not buy gas from Iran,

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 25, 2012 - 7:58PM

    Actually it is not. But if you believe it is in the best interest of PAK to build a pipeline with Iran then by all means that is what PAK should do. All the US has done is to state how the relationship between the US and PAK will change if this is the decision PAK makes. There is no threat involved at all.

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  • Haris
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:40AM

    @Harry Stone: Sounds like a threat looks like a threat but don’t worry it probably isn’t

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  • Cautious
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:37AM

    @Pakistan politics. If there were no TAPI the USA position on IP would be exactly the same. The USA had decided to put maximum pressure on Iran and has tried to propose alternatives sources of energy to all of Iran’s customers. This isn’t bluster on behalf of the USA – China certainly believes the USA is serious and despite it’s public position has significantly cut back it’s oil imports from Iran.

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