Wednesday, May 23, 2012

TAPI is Still Alive

Those of us who look for ways the advance of technology is transforming the world by reducing the cost and time of getting something accomplished are frequently faced with a kind of contrary reality, namely, that politics often intrudes into the ways technical relations could develop.  If there is any part of the world where this has been true for a good while it is Central Asia.  But I still think it’s worth watching what’s going on there because the demand for Central Asian resources will surely force the world’s great powers to find a way to establish secure and lasting ways of accessing and developing those resources.  Today Reuters is reporting that there is talk again about getting the Turkmenistan-Afghanistani-Pakistan-India pipeline in motion.

Some things in this article worth taking note of:
  • Turkmenistan's state gas company Turkmengaz signed gas sales and purchase agreements with Pakistan's Inter State Gas Systems and Indian state-run utility GAIL.
  • Turkmenistan is keen to free itself from reliance on gas exports to Russia.
  • The proposed 1,735-km (1,085-mile) pipeline could carry 1 trillion cubic meters of gas over a 30-year period, or 33 billion cubic meters a year.
  • Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh field is believed to be the world's second largest gas field, with reserves of between 13.1 trillion and 21.2 trillion cubic meters.
  • India’s need for gas is desperate.  Over the period of 2028 to 2035, Indian gas demand will triple to around 190 bcm.

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