Afghanistan looks for partner after discovering 1.8bn barrel oil field

first_img AFGHANISTAN is looking for a commercial partner after it discovered an oilfield with an estimated 1.8bn barrels in the north of the war-torn country.The discovery of the basin between northern Balkh and Shiberghan provinces was made after a survey conducted by Afghan and international geologists, according to Jawad Omar, a spokesman for the ministry of mines.He said: “I do not know its price in the market. But the initial survey says there are 1.8bn barrels of oil and I think there will be more.”Various estimates of Afghanistan’s hidden wealth have been made in recent years, but the challenge of exploiting the resources in a country at war and with little mining infrastructure is daunting for most investors.Omar gave no more details on how the estimates were made but said the country will offer the reserves for development along with other minerals in the coming months. Afghanistan hopes that untapped mineral deposits valued at $3 trillion (£1.9 trillion) could help reduce the need to rely on Western cash for bankrolling its impoverished economy and for its soldiers to maintain security when foreign troops draw down numbers. But ravaged by three decades of foreign interventions and civil war, the central government now faces the Taliban insurgency and relies on foreign forces for control of many parts of the vast Central Asian country.The US Department of Defence estimated earlier this year that Afghanistan’s mineral resources could top $1 trillion. Omar said an earlier plan for the tender of a 1.6bn barrel Afghan-Tajik oil block in early 2011 was still on track. Afghanistan looks for partner after discovering 1.8bn barrel oil field More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Monday 16 August 2010 8:02 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmWorldemandThe One And Only WD40 Trick Everyone Should KnowWorldemandHero WarsBig Boss of internet games!Hero Warsmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.cominvesting.comCanceled TV Shows Announced: Full Updated Listinvesting.comNinjaJournalist25 Cute Baby Animals That Will Melt Your HeartNinjaJournalistcenter_img whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULL Share last_img

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