TAPI gas pipeline construction to be accelerated on presidential orders

The Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline (also known as Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline, TAP or TAPI) is a proposed natural gas pipeline being developed by the Asian Development Bank.[1][2][3][4] Expected to be completed around 2017, the pipeline will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India. The abbreviation comes from the first letters of those countries. Proponents of the project see it as a modern continuation of the Silk Road.[5][6] Originally the cost of the pipeline project was reportedly estimated at $7.6 billion, but a more recent estimate was $10 billion.[7] GAIL India may become a part of TAPI project.[8]TAPI gas pipeline construction: Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has ordered the country’s oil and gas high command to ramp up work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline project. The pipeline had a critical role to play in the country’s ability to deliver its energy sources to world markets, he said. 
The TAPI pipeline will transport natural gas from Turkmenistan’s Dauletaband field (and eventually from its offshore fields in the Caspian Sea) through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then on to India, and is seen by its champions as a modern-day continuation of the historic Silk Road trading route.
The original cost of the Originally the cost project was reportedly estimated at $7.6 billion, although that may rise to $10 billion, but political instability in Afghanistan may prove as much of a risk to the project as the cost.The Afghan government is doing what it can to to safeguard the project and has deployed as many 7,000 security personnel to protect the route.
Berdimuhamedov’s remarks come in a week when both the EU and Ukraine have shown a renewed interest in accessing Turkministan’s natural gas reserves through the construction of the Trans Caspian Pipeline (TAP).

Source: TREND