Fuel exploration contract soon: Shahrani
Four of 11 international firms, which have shown interest in extraction, would be asked for documents to participate in the bidding process in the next one month and a half, the minister of mines said.
Without giving details about the firms, Niamatullah Shahrani told reporters in Kabul the exploration contract would be the biggest-ever in Afghanistan's history.
The revenue from fuel extraction would be spent on construction and development of airports, he said. He did not put a figure on the income the Afghan government expects from fuel extraction.
"Complete details of the agreement, which will last 25 years, will be released after the contract is signed," the minister added.
Based on a survey conducted 30 years back by the Russian government, the Amu River Zone reservoir contains 87 million barrels of fuel, the minister said.
Currently, Afghanistan needs about three million tonnes of fuel. Most of it is imported from neighbouring countries.
Fuel is also extracted from some reserves in Shiberghan, the capital of northern Jawzjan province. About 300 to 800 barrels of fuel are extracted from Shiberghan wells on a daily basis.
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