Afghans take first steps toward licensing

Afghanistan's transitional Islamic administration is working towards licensing oil and gas blocks in the North Afghan-Tajik basin.The Ministry of Mines & Industries let a $500,000 contract last April to Gustavson Associates Inc., Boulder, Colo., consulting firm, to estimate reserves in existing fields and produce a data package to be offered to international oil companies. World Bank provided the funds. Gas well taps a Jurassic-age reservoir in Djar-Kuduk field in northern Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Gustavson Associates Inc.Click here to enlarge imagenullThe country is formulating a new petroleum law, but the administration has had limited time before elections scheduled for Sept...

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