Afghanistan blocks offer unproduced discoveries

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines is launching a bid round of three blocks in the lightly explored Afghan-Tajik and Amu Darya basins.Each of the three blocks contains oil and-or gas discoveries, most of which have never been produced.Any successful bidder will need the stomach to operate in a landlocked country with sparse infrastructure and undergoing wartime conditions. Oil and gas marketing options are uncertain.Bids are due June 15, and bidders are to be notified of the outcome by July 1, 2009.Blocks and fieldsDetail is sparse on previous Soviet exploration in the Afghan oil and gas fields.The Jangalikolon block is the largest at 493,952 acres, Juma-Bashikurd covers 459,853 acres,...

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