© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Employees stand close to a fuel pipe through the launching ceremony of development work of the TAPI mission on the Afghan part of a pure fuel pipeline that may hyperlink Turkmenistan by way of Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, close to the city of Serhet

KABUL (Reuters) – Officers from Turkmenistan will go to Kabul this week to debate persevering with work on the TAPI pipeline linking the energy-rich Central Asian nation by way of Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, the Taliban authorities mentioned on Wednesday.

The pipeline is anticipated to hold 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of every year alongside a route stretching 1,800 km (1,125 miles) from Galkynysh, the world’s second-biggest fuel area, to the Indian metropolis of Fazilka close to the Pakistan border.

“We’ve been working arduous for a while and we’re able to take delight in beginning work on the TAPI mission,” Mohammad Issa Akhund, the performing minister of mines and petroleum within the new Taliban authorities, mentioned in a press release.

The Afghan stretch of the pipeline will run from the northwestern border with Turkmenistan, south by way of the western metropolis of Herat to Kandahar close to the border with Pakistan.

Akhund met the ambassador of Turkmenistan forward of a two-day go to by a delegation from the nation that may begin from Saturday, the assertion mentioned.

The mission was launched in Afghanistan in 2018, when the Taliban was preventing the Western-backed authorities in Kabul, nevertheless it pledged its cooperation for a mission it hailed as a key future aspect of the financial infrastructure.

Afghanistan, which suffers power power shortages, is anticipated to take 5% of the fuel itself, with the remainder divided equally between Pakistan and India. As well as, Kabul ought to earn a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in transit charges.

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