$8 billion LNG pipeline backed by the Taliban — for now

The Taliban has given its blessing for an $8 billion LNG pipeline project that will run through Afghanistan.


NSFW    AFGHANISTAN — Construction on the Afghan section of an $8 billion natural gas pipeline is being backed by the Taliban, according to Reuters.

Construction of the pipeline, which will connect Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, began last month.

The endorsement of the Taliban is vital as the pipeline will run through many areas under its control, Bloomberg reported.

The Taliban "deems it its responsibility to revive foundational economic and reconstruction work in the country and asks international construction companies to help the Afghans in this regard, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said in a statement last month, according to Bloomberg.

The TAPI pipeline is expected to carry an annual 33 billion cubic meters of gas along an 1,800 kilometer route.

It is expected to create thousands of jobs and generate more than $400 million a year in revenue for the Afghan government.

The Afghan section of the pipeline, with around 804 kilometers controlled by the Taliban, is expected to be completed in two years.
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