The pipeline – commonly known as the TAPI Pipeline – will transport gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Multan in Pakistan and on to the Indian township of Fazilka.

ADB has played a leading role in co-ordinating and facilitating the TAPI negotiation process over the past ten years. It is now expected that the pipeline will be completed by 2017. The TAPI Pipeline is expected to transport up to 90 MMcm/d of natural gas. The bulk of exported gas will help meet surging energy demand in India and Pakistan – where energy needs are set to double by 2030 – while the remainder will alleviate chronic power shortages in Afghanistan.

Penspen’s scope of work includes a review of the proposed route, confirmation of hydraulics including compressor station size and location, provision of cost estimates and development of project execution strategy and schedule.

Penspen has awarded a sub-contract to the Netherlands-based Royal HaskoningDHV an international engineering, consultancy and project management firm to undertake the environmental and social safeguards components of the study.

The technical feasibility study is expected to take six months to complete, following which, Penspen and Haskoning will provide on-going support to ADB during the investor selection process.

Penspen Chief Executive Peter O’Sullivan said “We are proud to be involved in this major project, which will enable Turkmenistan to monetise a part of its vast natural gas reserves, by opening a southerly route to the energy-hungry markets of South Asia”.