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Trans-Afghan pipeline to be planted firmly


July 20, 2002


ASHGABAT (July 20 2002) : The Trans-Afghan Gas Pipeline (TAP), the long dormant project that hopes to pump Turkmen natural gas to markets in South Asia, is finally poised to step off the drawing board.

Fast paced developments during the last 6 weeks proved that Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan are determined to make this pipeline become a reality against all odds.

On May 30, 2002, heads of Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan signed a tripartite accord in Islamabad to revive the 'reluctant pipeline' and formed a high-level managing committee to oversee the progress of phase one of the project. Phase one includes identification of financiers, evaluation of potential markets, determination of principles to form a consortium, which will build, operate and own the pipeline and select consultant to oversee the project.

The managing committee, comprising Usman Aminuddin, Pakistani Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Juma Mohammadi, Afghan Minister of Mines and Industry and Yolly Gurbanmuradov, Turkmen Deputy Minister responsible for oil and gas, met in Ashgabat on July, 2002, to compare notes and formulate future strategy for the implementation of the project.


The Ashgabat meeting was held in the all-marble exterior and all-glitter interior of Sardar business centre on the outskirts of Ashgabat. July 9, 2002 was a day full of surprises for the observers of Trans-Afghan pipeline project.

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