Turkmen natural gas pipeline Tapi to cross Afghanistan

The agreement was concluded in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat 

 Indian energy minister Murli Deora, Pakistani<br />
President Asif Ali Zardari, Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov<br />
and Afghan President Hamid Karzai shakes hands in Ashgabat,<br />
Turkmenistan, 11 December

A deal has been struck on building a 1,700km (1,050m) pipeline to carry Turkmen natural gas across Afghanistan to Pakistan and India.

The Tapi project aims to feed energy-deprived South Asian markets and transit fees may benefit Afghanistan.
But details about security and funding were not addressed in the framework agreement reached by the four states.
The pipeline will have to cross Taliban-controlled regions and Pakistan's troubled border region.
Turkmenistan has previously costed the project at $3.3bn (£2.1bn, 2.5bn euros) although other estimates are as high as $10bn.
Tapi, a project which dates back to the mid-1990s, is backed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The US has also encouraged the project as an alternative to a proposed Iranian pipeline to India and Pakistan.

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The framework intergovernmental agreement was signed in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat by three presidents - Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan and Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan - and India's energy minister, Murli Deora.

"This will not be an easy project to complete - it is mandatory that we guarantee the security of the pipeline and the quality of construction work," ADP chief Haruhiko Kuroda told reporters in Ashgabat.


I have heard that 5 of our military

bases in Afghanistan are on the proposed pipeline.

Does anybody have the facts on this?

Here's some information...

I've seen better images but I can't find them at the moment.

I see maps for Iraq, but none for Afghanistan

Am I missing something?

Anyone find maps for Afghanistan?


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"construction of our proposed pipeline cannot begin

until a recognized government is in place"
John Maresca

Flashback:"The war is worth waging": Afghanistan's vast reserves

from the archives:

"The war is worth waging": Afghanistan's vast reserves of minerals and natural gas
The war on Afghanistan is a profit driven "resource war"

by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 17 June 2010


Book recommendation

I'm about to finish this book which has some interesting insights into this area........

"Crude Politics : How Bush's Oil Cronies Hijacked the War on Terrorism"


(Though Farrakhan stops short of knocking the Rockefellers for the Fed, he has some things right.)

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