On Friday, February 23, 2018, at the Afghan border, at the southernmost point of the former USSR (near Serhetabat), was held a historic ceremony to launch construction work on the Afghan section of TAPI. CIFAL was represented by its CEO, Gilles Remy, Jürgen Krahn, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Luc Becquer, Director of CIFAL Turkmenistan.
The ceremony was presided over by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the Indian Minister for Foreign Affairs J. Akbar.
On the sidelines of these festivities, the representatives of CIFAL and its partner, ILF Beratende Ingenieure GmbH, had working meetings on the FEED conducted on the Afghan and Pakistani sections of TAPI and on the prospects for future cooperation on this issue.
About the Tapi project : This Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline (TAPI) is scheduled to be operational in 2020 and represents USD 10 billion investment. It will transport 33 billion cubic meters of gas from the Galkynish deposit each year for 30 years, equivalent to three-quarters of French gas consumption. It will contribute to the stabilization and development of the region, including Afghanistan.