LOS ANGELES, July 13 -- Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have agreed to cooperate on several energy-related projects, including revival of the long-mooted Trans-Afghan natural gas pipeline.
The two sides signed several agreements following talks between Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who visited Turkmenistan July 5-6.
Berdymukhammedov said his country remains interested in the $2 billion project to build a gas line more than 1,460 km across Afghanistan to Pakistan and then to India. He said Turkmenistan would be ready to send 30 billion cu m/year of gas through the line.
The original plan was to deliver gas from Turkmenistan's Dauletabad field to Kandahar, Afghanistan; Multan in central Pakistan, and onward to India (OGJ Oct. 28, 2002, p. 47).
The two leaders also agreed to construct additional electric power lines and related infrastructure in Afghanistan.
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