Afghanistan resource base larger, USGS says

03/27/2006
Afghanistan’s undiscovered oil and gas resource base is much larger than previously understood, said the US Geological Survey after a multiyear study.The agency estimated mean undiscovered resources at 15.7 tcf of gas, 1.6 billion bbl of oil, and 562 million bbl of natural gas liquids. Most of the gas is indicated to be in the Amu Darya basin and most of the oil in the Afghan-Tajik basin.The two basins cover a combined 200,000 sq miles in northern Afghanistan, and the USGS assessed 33,000 sq miles of that. It subdivided four petroleum systems into eight assessment units.Formations with the greatest potential are, for gas, Upper Jurassic carbonate and reef reservoirs beneath an imper...
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