Afghan oil and gas adventure in making
– The development of a hydrocarbon industry in Afghanistan will contribute to stability in the country, says Ambassador Jawed Ludin.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan recently launched
its first bidding round for contracts to explore and produce oil and
gas in the northern regions of the country.
Identifying the utilization of Afghanistan’s natural and underground
resources, in particular oil and gas, as the best way to ensure lasting
economic development for the country, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to
the Nordic countries, Mr. Jawed Ludin, encourages potential investors
from Norway and other Nordic countries to take interest in the bidding
– Afghanistan today is among the poorest countries on earth, and this
poverty is a factor in its continued instability. But we need not be
poor, or unstable. Afghanistan is a big country, and hugely blessed
with natural resources, most of which have not yet been accessed or
even discovered. I think the best way the international community -
countries who are concerned about poverty and under-development in
Afghanistan - can contribute to lasting development, is to help us
utilize our natural resources, says Ambassador Ludin.
– Despite the relative insecurity in the southern and eastern parts of
the country, northern Afghanistan is secure and conducive to investment
of any scale. We really hope that credible, international companies
will come forward to help us develop our hydrocarbon industry, the
The bidding round comprises three different blocks in the northern
areas of Afghanistan. All three blocks have known hydrocarbon-bearing
accumulations: The Jangalikalan block contains a gas field, the
Juma-Bashikurd block has two gas fields, and the Kashkari block holds
three oil fields. Apart from the Angoat field in Kashkari, none of the
fields have previously been in sustained production.
Between April 26 and May 15, the Ministry of Mines of the Afghan
government will be travelling to five different destinations world wide
to present the hydrocarbon bidding round. These locations are: Dubai
(April 26), London (April 28), Calgary (May 5), Houston (May 7) and
Singapore (May 15).