February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Features

World News: Asian Leaders Laud TAPI Pipeline

Leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan and India joined the president of Turkmenistan to discuss construction of a natural gas pipeline that could help ease energy deficits in South Asia: The 1,814-km Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline is expected to be operational by 2019 at an estimated cost of $10 billion. “TAPI is designed to become a new effective step toward formation of the modern architecture of global energy security, a powerful driver of economic and social stability in the Asian region,” Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Turkmenistan’s president, said during the ceremony. Industry experts say the project faces several risks, including the deteriorating sec

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