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Oil Drilling Kick Started In Afghanistan
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The first ever oil drilling in Afghanistan commenced by Chinese company. In the first phase, 5000 barrels of oil will be drilled everyday from Amo river in the north of Afghanistan.

The Amo river oil drilling contract was signed a few months back with Chinese National Oil Company partnered by an Afghan company, Watan Group.
The oil reserve in Faryab and Saripul provinces is estimated at 87 million barrels.
The contract for oil drilling from this zone has been awarded to a Chinese company for a period of 25 years. The oil drilling will increase from 5,000 to 45,000 barrels per day.
The Ministry of Mines calculates oil drilling will generate total revenue of $7 billion. The oil reserve bears a significant economic and political value for the government of Afghanistan which is facing reductions in foreign aids.

    “The government will obtain hundreds of millions of dollars annually from these oil reserves,” said Jawed Omar, the spokesman for the Ministry of Mines in Afghanistan.“In the initial stages, $300 million will be generated which will later increase to $400 million,” he added.

This year 150 thousand barrels of oil will be drilled and the quantity will double next year.  Afghanistan has huge fuel reserve i.e. oil, gas and coal but lack of infrastructure such as roads in Afghanistan impedes drilling. The oil reserve zone located in the north of the country is comparatively secured; however, in certain areas certain armed groups pose challenges to the Chinese company in drilling the oil. Political and economical experts believe that providing security to national projects is of immense importance while continuity of the current challenges deals a severe blow to economic and political development and survival of Afghanistan. Azrakash Hafizi, an official in international relations of chamber of commerce of Afghanistan, claims that serious attention to the private investment mines and oil reserves of Afghanistan will lead to self sufficiency of the country in the lapse of a short span of time.

Farayab, Saripul, and Jawzjan provinces in the north of Afghanistan are rich in hydro- carbons minerals. Geologists specializing in respective scientific fields have conducted several researches in these provinces. Afghanistan features six large oil and gas reserves in Amo river bank, Afghan Tajik, Khushka, Katawaz, and Helmand. The oil and gas region in the north of Afghanistan became the subject study of foreign geologists like Chris, Baqhk, Hayden, and Furan in the end of 18th century. The discovery of oil reserve in Ungot Mountain in Saripul province served as the basis of geological features of Afghanistan’s northern region rendered by the European geologists Evais, Clap, Carikh and Shiang.
Afghanistan Will Launch Its First Satellite In Next Six Months
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The officials of the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (IT) say,

    “In coming six months Afghanistan will launch its first satellite.”

Amirzai Sangeen Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology during a press conference in Kabul said,

    “The government of Afghanistan will have its great achievement within six months by launching its first ever satellite.”

The Minister of Telecommunication and IT of Afghanistan also confirmed that this satellite will connect Afghanistan with other countries of the world to have a better communication. He also added that the launching of this satellite will decrease greatly the current broadcasting and transmission expenses of different television and radio programs as compared to their current expenses. It is stated that an international company will launch this satellite. Wahab-Ud-Din Sadaat the Deputy Minister of telecommunication and IT said to a correspondent of Silk Route Magazine,

    “By launching of this satellite all visual and audio media will be connected to this satellite which will monitor the cost less than the present foreign satellites.”

The Deputy Minister of telecommunication emphasized that currently most visual media has no broadcasting in central and remote provinces of Afghanistan; and in most provinces even there is no television set. However, launch of this satellite can solve the broad- casting problem: an Afghan citizen needs to have a television set, install a dish antenna and connect it to the television set. Since last decade Afghanistan has made phenomenal progress in modern means of communication and IT which is evident from the fact that the current number of T.V channels has reached to 75 and the number of radio stations has reached to 160 stations. The Deputy Minister of IT and telecommunication says,

    “More than 18 million people are using mobile phones in Afghanistan and when this satellite becomes serviceable then the cost of telephone services will drop remarkably.”

Currently, four private and two public telecommunication networks are providing their services throughout Afghanistan and everyday these networks are connecting masses with the world. According to the current situation more than 25 percent of civilians are having easy access to the internet; and the Ministry of Telecommunication and IT says that within a year more than 50 percent of Afghans will be able to access internet.


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