Afghan pipeline back on the table

#1
From today's NYTimes:

MOSCOW — A plan to build a regional natural gas pipeline across war-ravaged southern Afghanistan, long thought to be impractical given the dismal security there, moved a step closer to becoming a reality on Saturday.

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The project, as with so many other energy infrastructure works in the region, is deeply entwined with politics. The United States is backing the line as an alternative to the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India, or IPI, pipeline that would tap Iran’s large South Pars gas field.

[...]
So, is it just a happy coincidence that America's presence in Afghanitstan aligns with its regional policy regarding energy and Iran, or was it part of the initial calculations back in 2001?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/world/asia/12pipeline.html?hpw
 
#2
From today's NYTimes:



So, is it just a happy coincidence that America's presence in Afghanitstan aligns with its regional policy regarding energy and Iran, or was it part of the initial calculations back in 2001?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/world/asia/12pipeline.html?hpw
This is just SO not going to happen. The prospect of a sufficiently permissive security situation in southern Afghanistan is somewhat fanciful. The whole thing is what you might call a pipedream...
 
#3
This is just SO not going to happen. The prospect of a sufficiently permissive security situation in southern Afghanistan is somewhat fanciful. The whole thing is what you might call a pipedream...
Plus it will mean having to maintain stable security in the long term!
 
#4
Plus it will mean having to maintain stable security in the long term!
Just what the Carlyle Group,Unocal(now part of Chevron),and Haliburton have been working on since all 'interested
parties'(including the Taliban)were invited to DC in '97 for a four-day VIP stay to discuss the pipeline which is intended to run from the Caspian to Pakistan.Karzai got the job of Afghan Prez because he was a consultant to Unocal at the time.

Unfortunately NONE of this is coincidence;military campaigns always have a corporate element in them somewhere.My sympathies lie with those who always have to make the biggest sacrifices-never usually the ones who benefit the most from such efforts.
 
#5
Just what the Carlyle Group,Unocal(now part of Chevron),and Haliburton have been working on since all 'interested
parties'(including the Taliban)were invited to DC in '97 for a four-day VIP stay to discuss the pipeline which is intended to run from the Caspian to Pakistan.Karzai got the job of Afghan Prez because he was a consultant to Unocal at the time.

Unfortunately NONE of this is coincidence;military campaigns always have a corporate element in them somewhere.My sympathies lie with those who always have to make the biggest sacrifices-never usually the ones who benefit the most from such efforts.
Hmm. I never knew that.

Here's a contemporaneous Beeb story about it. BBC News | West Asia | Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline

Anyhoo, hope it happens someday. Anything that will bring a bit of prosperity to that miserable country.
 
#7
The Iran - Pakistan - India pipeline is on the hold because the US has put pressure and the Iranians have hiked the prices.

Pakistan is still keen on it and possibly with Chinese nudge since the Chinese will be able to tap into it. It will be in addition to the Gwadar (Pakistan) - Xinjian oil and gas pipeline and highway and railway the Chinese are building.

Until Afghanistan stabilises, the chances of the CAR - Gwadar pipeline materialising is bleak. Further, one wonders if the warlords themselves are keen on keeping Afghanistan poor. If there is money in everyone's pocket, then there is a good possibility that the warlords will lose their current grip over their tribes!

Money, after all, speaks.

Just a thought.
 

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