Work to speed up on Central Asia gas pipeline

Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan have agreed to accelerate work on a stalled gas pipeline project and have asked the CentGas consortium to find a project leader to replace Unocal Corp. The three countries have agreed to overcome "expeditiously" all problems related to building the $1.9 billion, 1.9 bcfd, 1,400-km pipeline from Turkmenistan's Daulatabad gas fields to Multan. According to Pakistan Petroleum Minister Nisar Ali Khan, the three countries "have resolved that the project will continue," the minister told reporters after signing a tripartite agreement recently. "We have agreed on a 3-month timetable to activate this project." Although CentGas signed agree...

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