The prolonged anticipation of India obtaining natural gas from Turkmenistan via US-founded pipeline can now rest with India signing the TAPI pact today. The pipeline will find its way here through Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Oil Minister S Jaipal Reddy, on Tuesday headed for Ashgabat through Amritsar to sign off the contract. Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India will ink the Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) for TAPI pipeline in the course of an international gas conference being held in the Caspian Sea resort of Avaza. The 1,680-km long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) line shall handle 90 million cubic metres per day (mmcmd) of gas, for a span of thirty years. The pipeline should be fully functional by 2018, if reports are to be believed.