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22 April 2014 Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Islamic Reoublic of Afghanistan

Company selected represents strong interest in Afghanistan’s oil and gas sectors.

Kabul, Afghanistan – The Ministry of Mines & Petroleum (MoMP) announced that Bakhtar Oil & Gas Company, LLC has been selected as the Preferred Bidder for two oil and gas exploration blocks in the Afghan-Tajik Basin.

22 April 2014 TheNational

Dragon Oil, the Dubai-owned oil producer, is launching a geological survey of concessions in Afghanistan this year as part of a US$1.5 billion planned spending campaign.

Dragon and its partners in Afghanistan, Turkiye Petrolleri and the Ghazanfar Group, will conduct two-dimensional seismic imaging over a 1,275 kilometre stretch, it announced yesterday.

Dragon, which is 51 per cent-owned by Dubai’s Emirates National Oil Company, holds a 40 per cent stake in the concession it secured last year. It will be the operator of the Sanduqli block, which borders Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and spans 2,563 square km.

20 April 2014 Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on almost 50 percent of the vote out of the total 34 provinces showed Abdullah in the lead with 44.4 percent, followed by ex-world bank official Ashraf Ghani with 33.2 percent of the votes it said were not fraudulent.

27 March 2014 Khaama Press

The construction of an oil refinery plant worth USD 1.3 billion will be built in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

Ahmad Rateb Popal, chief of Watan Group told reporters on Wednesday that the oil refinery plant will be built in Sheberghan city of Jawzjan province.

03 March 2014 TOLO News

The National Union of Oil and Gas Companies in Afghanistan welcomed a new ban on the import of raw and low quality fuel on Sunday, but said that businessmen and government officials still import low quality fuel and profit from it.

"We have noticed that the trade in low quality fuels makes millions for a number of individuals within government, who are importers of it," said Azrakhsh Hafizi, the union's executive director. "Our efforts to prevent the import of low quality fuel and stopping of big mafias is not an easy task."

10 February 2014  TOLO News

The Afghanistan National Standard Authority will now be responsible for checking quality of petroleum in oil refineries and imported products, officials said on Sunday.

"In the new draft all aspects have been considered including the method an oil refinery is established, how to take the sample and who should do this task, standards for tests, how the fees for the job is applied and finally the impact on the environment," said Mujiburrahman Khatir, Technical Deputy head of the ANSA.




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