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NASA Confirms Gas, Minieral Reserves In Afghanistan

17 November, 2005

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KABUL, November 18 (Online): The US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has confirmed the existence of gas reserves in northern and southwestern Afghan regions.

The NASA also hinted at the existence of copper and gold reserves in the central Logar province and fuel reserves near Amo River, a senior official claimed.

Afghan Mines and Industries Minister Mir Mohammad Siddique told a news conference here: "We were earlier unaware of the natural gas, copper and fuel reserves discovered by NASA." An agreement on exploring these reserves involving US$17 million was signed between the Afghan mines minister and former US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul last year.

The NASA launched its work of exploring the natural resources by taking aerial pictures of the mines. The minister said the US agency had provided him a map showing Afghanistan`s different mines.

He added there were gas mines in Balkh, Faryab, Badghis and Jawzjan, Farah and Helmand while copper and gold reserves were found in Logar. He said the exploration had shown fuel reserves on both sides of Amo River.

Siddiqui continued the government wanted to buy modern equipment for excavating the sites. "We have contacted the Asian Development Bank, which has pledged to give us funds for the purchase of modern excavation tools." The government planned to hand over the mines to private companies, he said, revealing the US$33 billion copper reserves in Logar would be leased out to a firm.

Also, there are mines of precious stones in Afghanistan and the US has promised to help in their excavation and cutting.


Reader Comments:

NASA Confirms Gas Mineral Reserves IN Afghanistan

"the government planned to hand over the mines to private companies", like who Halliburton?

gina, Pakistan - 19 November, 2005


very good article..would be nice to see who the private companies are who will get the rights to dig all that copper..any links to Bush et al in Wash DC?? need to do a followup story on this...

M Ross, United Kingdom - 21 November, 2005

Uneplored, Unlimited Reserves

This is one other proof that Afghanistan has the potential to pay for itself to reconstruct and all its debth + contribute to other parts of the world in need of energy and assistance. but this will be sometimes in the future, near future or far future remains to be seen. However what we do know that Afghanistran geographicaly lies beneath the oil and gas fields of Turkministan, a country which is beilived to be the third largest natural gas producer in the world. If there was a real chance and the Afghan government and people realise and allow well established oil and gas companies from the west to come and uneath these reserves, then the happy days for Afghanistan are endless. I recently read in a magazine concerning nasa, and the world of oil and gas and electrical or Nuc energy, that the Unexplored Oil and gas rteserves of Afghanistan could provide the entire region for all its energy needs for the next 5 decades. Sourxe "WS The Magazine" .

Great news.

Samir Latifi, British Indian Ocean Territory - 27 January, 2006

To bad...

...the US driven genocide will go on.

gmathol, United Kingdom - 20 May, 2009

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