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President Ghani may attend opening ceremony of TAPI gas pipeline

During a telephone call on Monday, president Ghani received an invitation from Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov to take part in the event.

The project is scheduled to begin by state-run gas company Turkmengaz, which was named project consortium leader for TAPI Pipeline Company Limited in August, and energy infrastructure construction division Turkmenneftegazstroi in December.

The $10 billion gas pipeline supported by the United States and the Asian Development Bank is designed to transport 33 billion cubic meters of gas annually for a period of three decades to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

The construction of the pipeline with a length of 1,735 kilometers (1,084 mile) is expected to complete by the end of December 2018 and last for 30 years.

The pipeline will run more than 700 km across Afghanistan on its way to Pakistan and India which would be filled with gas from Turkmenistan’s mammoth Galkynysh field, the world’s second-largest reservoir of natural gas.

The project will create job opportunities for tens of thousands of Afghanistan and will receive millions of dollars every year as the transit.