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Syria inks oil, gas exploration deal with Russian firm

The agreement was signed by Syrian Oil Minister Suleiman Abbas, Syria's General Petroleum Company and the Russian Soyuzneftegaz company.


 Oil rigs in the Kurdish town of Derik in the northeastern Hasakeh governorate on the border with Turkey and Iraq on November 25, 2013.  (AFP/Achilleas Zavallis)
Oil rigs in the Kurdish town of Derik in the northeastern Hasakeh governorate on the border with Turkey and Iraq on November 25, 2013.
(AFP/Achilleas Zavallis)

AFP – Damascus signed a major oil and gas exploration deal with a Russian company in the Syrian capital Wednesday which will allow for exploration in a section of Syrian waters, an AFP journalist witnessed.

The agreement was signed by Syrian Oil Minister Suleiman Abbas, Syria’s General Petroleum Company and the Russian Soyuzneftegaz company.

The deal permits the exploration of an area of 2,190 sq km (850 sq mi) in the Mediterranean off the Syrian coast.

The contract “is the first ever for oil and gas exploration in Syria’s waters,” head of the General Petroleum Company Ali Abbas told AFP.

“It will be financed by Russia, and should oil and gas be discovered in commercial quantities, Moscow will recover the exploration costs,” Abbas added.

Oil Minister Abbas meanwhile said during the signing ceremony that the contract covers “25 years, over several phases,” adding that: “The cost of exploration and discovery is $100m.”

Russia is one of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s main backers, as well as a key proponent along with the United States of peace talks slated for January in Switzerland.

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