Foreign Policy Watch: India-SCO

India-bound gas pipeline TAPI breaks ground on Afghan section

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Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional & global groupings & agreements involving India &/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: TAPI project

Mains level: India’s rising energy needs and diversification needed in energy imports

Start of TAPI project

  1. Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India ceremonially broke ground on the Afghan section of the ambitious, multi-billion dollar TAPI gas pipeline
  2. It is expected to help ease energy deficits in South Asia

Completion expected by 2020

  1. The quartet aims to complete the 1,840-kilometre pipeline and begin pumping natural gas from Turkmenistan’s giant Galkynysh gas field by the beginning of 2020


TAPI Gas Pipeline

  1. The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI), also known as Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline being developed by the Galkynysh – TAPI Pipeline Company Limited with participation of the Asian Development Bank
  2. The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Galkynysh Gas Field in Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India
  3. Construction on the project started in Turkmenistan on December 13th, 2015
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