Afghan oil and gas

Russian energy companies have agreed to help rebuild Afghanistan’s devastated oil and gas industries. State-owned oil company Rosneft, gas trader Itera and Afghanistan’s ministry of mining and industry have signed a protocol of intentions, under which Russian specialists are to deliver a feasibility study outlining the prospects of energy sector reconstruction.As the authorised representative of the Russian government, Rosneft may be offered the chance to participate in tenders for oil production licenses alongside other energy companies, said a press release issued by Rosneft. A flurry of possible energy projects have invaded the country ever since US-led forces ousted the Taliban government. The most prominent of these projects is a plan for a USD 2 billion gas pipeline, which was originally proposed by Unocal in the 1990s but later abandoned due to fierce fighting between the Taliban and the opposition Northern Alliance. The pipeline would stretch 1400km from the Daulatabad reservoirs to Multan in Pakistan.

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