Pak-Afghan-Turkmen gas pipeline feasibility report to be finalized

Dec 09, 2003 01:00 AM

The feasibility report of the Pakistan-Turkmenistan-Afghanistan gas pipeline project has been presented to the Steering Committee of the project, Pakistani Petroleum Minister Nouraiz Shakoor said.
The report of the 1600 km pipeline will be finalized after necessary consultations and amendments proposed by the concerned countries during the next six months, Shakoor told a press conference in Islamabad after a two-day meeting of the Steering Committee held in Islamabad.

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan Yolly Gurbanmuradov and Minister for Mines and Industry of Afghanistan Mehfooz Nedai were also present on the occasion. Shakoor said that the Steering Committee has finalized the southern Afghan route of the pipeline and that it is expected that the project will be completed at a cost of $ 3.5 bn by 2010.
He disclosed that the committee has formed a high level working group consisting of two members from each country, which will coordinate with the Asian Development Bank in implementingthe project.

This pipeline will begin from Dauletabad in Turkmenistan and will be linked up with the Pakistan's main gas pipeline system at Multan in Punjab province via Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.
It was decided at the meeting that Turkmenistan will provide certification of Dauletabad gas field reservoirs and Pakistan will submit its gas demand while Afghanistan will provide assurance regarding the security of the pipeline at the next meeting of the committee, which will be held in Islamabad next year.

Source: Xinhua News Agency
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