Afghan oil drilled


This video series from Canada is called John Foster – Oil Pipelines the new Great Game – What Afghanistan is Really About.

From bdnews24.com:

KABUL, Aug 26 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) – Afghanistan, believed to be sitting on top of billions of dollars worth of minerals and energy sources, has extracted oil for the first time and plans to pump a modest 800 barrels a day, officials said on Thursday.

Afghanistan’s Mines Ministry plans to open bidding soon for contracts to refine the oil from the rugged Sar-i-Pul province in the north.

“The infrastructure existed there a long time ago. We overhauled them and this is the first time we are extracting oil,” said Jawad Omar, a spokesman for the ministry. …

Omar said “a foreign institution” had helped with the Sar-i-Pul extraction but would not give any more information.

Sayed Anwar Rahmati, the governor of Sar-i-Pul, told Reuters the project had had Americans help but gave no further details.

Both the U.S. Embassy and USAID said they were not aware of who was involved in the project.

Afghanistan and foreign forces numbering almost 150,000 troops consume 2.5-3.0 million tonnes of oil annually, Omar said.

DECADES OF UNREST

The ministry this week started to re-inject gas from three gas wells which have a capacity of more than 200 million cubic metres of gas and are a key source for a fertilizer plant in Balkh province to the north of Sar-i-Pul, Omar said.

Foreign institutions have also pledged to invest $400 million in coming years to replace gas pipelines linking Balkh and the adjacent province of Jawzjan province, he said.

Afghanistan exported gas to the former Soviet Union during the Soviet occupation of the 1980s. …

The untapped mineral resources include iron ore, copper, lithium, oil gas and gems which Afghanistan hopes to develop in coming years despite rising insecurity. Violence is at its worst since the Taliban were ousted in late 2001.

NATO forces attacked and killed a pair of private security contractors last night in the Wardak Province, officials are confirming: here.

Graft-Fighting Prosecutor Is Dismissed in Afghanistan: here.

Afghan graft prosecutor ‘fired’: Official says Hamid Karzai tried to block him from probing high-level corruption: here.

Leaks over the past week have revealed that members of the Afghan government headed by President Hamid Karzai are paid agents of the CIA: here. And here.

U.S. Escalates Air War Over Afghanistan: here.

Karzai: Nato’s brought ‘nothing but death’ to Afghanistan: here.

Private Security in Afghanistan: here.

War Effort Rife with Corrupt Subcontractors: here.

If China has so far proven masterly in the way it has played its cards in its Pipelineistan “war”, the U.S. hand — bypass Russia, elbow out China, isolate Iran — may soon be called for what it is: a bluff: here.

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  1. First Afghanistan International Investment Conference to be held in Dubai under co-chairmanship of the Governments of Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates

    Improving the economic climate and attracting foreign investments in the private and public realm are the primary objectives of the 2010 Afghanistan International Investment Conference (AIIC)

    Dubai, U.A.E: The Governments of the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan will co-host the first Afghanistan International Investment Conference (AIIC) in Dubai, U.A.E on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.

    The Afghanistan International Investment Conference will commence with a keynote speech from His Excellency President Hamid Karzai, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, U.A.E. The conference will host Ministers, diplomatic delegates, prominent businessmen from around the world and heads of international organizations.

    The Afghani government’s collaboration with the government of the United Arab Emirates through AIIC endeavors to attract significantly higher levels of public and private investment, by 2012, in the sectors of infrastructure, mining and transportation in order to generate considerable increases in economic growth, job creation, and public revenue mobilization.

    Through the proceedings of the forum, the AIIC also aspires to launch an “Afghanistan International Investment Group”, to help the Government of Afghanistan to accelerate efforts to develop economic capacity and to enact appropriate policies, laws, and regulations to spur and protect private sector led investments, economic growth, and employment generation in Afghanistan.

    The AIIC will take place after a sequence of high-level international meetings on Afghanistan in 2010, most notably in London, Kabul, Istanbul, and most recently in Lisbon. These prominent international gatherings all share the same vision of a prosperous and peaceful future for Afghanistan based on security and economic development.

    The conference will be hosted at the Inter Continental Hotel Dubai Festival City on November 30, 2010.

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