MCC asked to resume work on copper project
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Senior officials on Monday said 86 security posts had been set up around the Ainak copper mine in central Logar province and urged investors to resume work on tapping the world’s largest deposits. A landmark $3 billion deal was signed with the China Metallurgical Group (MCC) and Jiangxi Copper to produce copper in 2007, but the consortium has demanded a review of the deal, dashing Kabul's hope for economic self-reliance. An independent anti-corruption monitor, Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), said the Chinese firms also wanted to delay the start of production by five... Read more
Pajhwok holds first conference on Afghan...
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) on Sunday held its first investigative conference on mining in Afghanistan, highlighting six basic problems crippling the sector. The news agency expressed its concerns about illegal mineral extractions and smuggling of the riches in a year-long investigation report released at an academic gathering in Kabul. Mining experts, Wolesi Jirga members, civil society activists, Ministry of Mines officials, university teachers, Academy of Sciences members and media representatives were present at the day-long conference. The participants, who admired the... Read more
Coal price up, fuel stable in Kabul markets
KABUL (Pajhwok): The price of coal went up while rates of food items went down during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. A firewood seller Khan Mohammad in Charahi Shaheed area of Kabul said the price of 560 kg of peeled oak decreased from last week’s 7,200 afghanis to 7,000afs and of unpeeled oak increased from the previous 6,400afs to 6,500afs. He told Pajhwok Afghan News the rate of 560kg of coal jumped from 5,800 afs to 6,400 during the week. Mohammad linked the hike in coal price to the blockade of the Salang highway by snowfall. Mohammad Sharif, a retailer in... Read more
Badakhshan clash being investigated
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into the killing of five policemen in a clash with armed men loyal to an illegal commander over the control of azure mines in northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Wednesday. Badakhshan police spokesperson Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai told Pajhwok News that the Yamgan district police chief, Abdul Zahir Mujaddedi, and azure mines security guards commander, Assadullah, a day earlier tried to gain control of a portion of the mines from the illegal commander in Kiran wa Manjan district. But the illegal commander,... Read more
New mining law yet to be published
KABUL (Pajhwok): The new mining law was endorsed by former president Hamid Karzai about three months ago, but the Ministry of Justice (MJ) is yet to publish it in the official gazette. The draft law was first tabled in the parliament on Aug 9 and later approved and sent to the then president for signing. The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) has welcomed singing into law the bill by the former president, saying the new law would help attract investment.  Some experts say the delay in the law’s publication kept the people uninformed. Mohammad Jafar Kohistan, a political expert, said once... Read more
"CASA-1000 to leave positive impacts...
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading economy experts have expressed optimism about the electricity transfer agreement CASA-1000 signed between Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday. The Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project, known as CASA-1000, is aimed at transferring 1300 mega watt of electricity from the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan via Tajikistan to Afghanistan and onwards to Pakistan. Afghanistan is set to receive 300 MW while Pakistani would get a bulk of 1000 MW. Both the countries signed a deal in the US capital Washington on electricity transit fees. In the eyes... Read more
Gas price hike blamed on smuggling
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The smuggling of liquefied gas to Pakistan has resulted in increased prices of the commodity in southern Kandahar province, dealers alleged on Thursday. They said people could not afford buying gas due to its high rate, urging the government to prevent smuggling of gas to the energy-deficient neighbouring country. A gas dealer in Kandahar City’s Herat Bazaar, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the price of one kilogram of gas had shot up from 45 and 50 afghanis a month back to 70 and 75 afs today. He said gas rate usually increased in winter due to the increase in its use... Read more
Protracted poll process hits fuel trade
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Businessmen from the northern zone said on Friday the prolonged election process had left a deeply negative impact on trade activities and dealt a severe blow to security. Businessmen said the government needed to shift its focus to resolving the problems being encountered by the traders particular those in the fuel business. ArashYounusi, secretary of the Balkh Chamber of Commerce, told Pajhwok Afghan News the current election stalemate had left commerce and trade activities paralysed throughout the country. The government, he complained, had shown no urgency to... Read more
MCC asked to resume work on copper project
Pajhwok holds first conference on Afghan...
Coal price up, fuel stable in Kabul markets
Badakhshan clash being investigated
New mining law yet to be published
"CASA-1000 to leave positive impacts...
Gas price hike blamed on smuggling
Protracted poll process hits fuel trade
January 14 2014

FAIZABAD (PAN): The northeastern Badakhshan province has large scale natural resources particularly the locality is rich in azure and ruby stones, which need to be extracted in a professional and legal way.

Badakhshan is a mountainous...

December 30 2014

Badghis is a northwestern province sharing borders with Herat in the west, Faryab in the east, Ghor in the south and Turkmenistan in the north. Qala-i-Naw is the provincial capital of the province. The total area of Badghis province is estimated...

January 14 2014

PUL-I-KHUMRY (PAN): Located in northeast of the country, Baghlan is considered an impassable province of the country, which is rich in precious underground reserves.

Natural resources, in particular coalmines of Baghlan have greater fame,...

January 14 2014

BALKH (PAN): The northern Balkh province is rich in natural resources such as crude oil, cement, aluminum, stucco and sulfur, with the extraction of some mines is underway in some parts of the province.

1- The Afghan- Tajik crude...

January 14 2014

BAMYAN CITY (PAN): The central Bamyan province is though a mountainous region, it is rich in natural resources such as iron and coal mines.

Following its extraction in a nonprofessional and nontechnical way, the Ministry of Mines had to...

February 01 2014

NILI (Pajhwok): Though central Daikundi is a newly-established province where formal survey to unearth natural reservoirs could not be carried out, however, local survey indicated copper mine existsin large amountthere.

Daikundi was once a...

January 25 2014

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): The provincial mines and petroleum department has said the western Farah province is rich in natural reserves with special reference mines but they are not extracted in a proper or official way.

Eng. Juma Khan Joya,...

July 24 2014

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): The northern Faryab province is rich in natural resources, including gas, salt and oil but the natural reserves cannot be utilized in a proper way.

Researchand geological studies suggest there are abundant mineral...

July 20 2014

KABUL (Pajhwok): Ghazni is one of Afghanistan’s ancient, populous 2nd-grade provinces, located 145 kilometers west of the central capital Kabul. It has a rich history, ancient sites and enormous mineral wealth. .

The province,...

March 01 2015

Situated in western part of the country, Ghor province is surrounded by Herat, Daikundi, Faryab, Farah and Jawzjan provinces.

No official survey has been conducted so far to estimate the volume of natural resources in the mountainous...

January 14 2014

LASHKARGAH (PAN): The southern Helmand has around 16 different mines of precious and semi-precious stones but growing lawlessness has provided a renewed impetus to its illegal excavation and smuggling, an official said.

Esmatullah Shams,...

July 05 2014

By Farishta

After Kabul, Herat is the second most populated province of Afghanistan. Located in the west part of the country, Herat borders Iran and Turkmenistan.

Bestowed with abundant natural resources in its remote parts, the...

January 14 2014

SHIBERGHAN (PAN): The northern Jawzjan province has immense gas reserves but stringent measures are needed to exploit the natural resources of the province in larger national interests, locals said. 

Bordering Turkmenistan, the province...

July 20 2014

The capital Kabul is located in the central Afghanistan. According to the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), Kabul province is rich in natural resources. The most popular mines of the province are copper, talc, ruby and marbles.

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January 14 2014

KANDAHAR CITY (PAN)  Known as a hub and one of the rich provinces in mineral and natural resources, a number of mines reservoirs are discovered in various districts of the volatile Kandahar.

However, a broad survey would to be conducted...

July 05 2014

Abdul Qayyum Mushtaq Farooqi

Kapisa is a mountainous province located on the eastern latitude of 69 degrees and 21 minutes and northern longitude of 35 degrees. The province has a total 121 square kilometres area and situated 1,500 meters...

February 01 2014

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The southeastern Khost is one of the richest provinces in terms of natural resources, officials said.

Copper, murqury, plumbum and chromite reservoirs could be found in huge quanity elsewhere in the volatile Khost....

January 14 2014

ASADABAD (PAN): Known as one of the mountainous regions, the eastern Kunar province is excessively rich in natural resources especially mines of precious and semi-precious stones, which need to be extracted in a legal and professional way.

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February 01 2014

KONDUZ (Pajhwok): Officials said that several mines of natural reservoirs such as petroleum, phosphorus and oxy acetylenehad been existed northern Kunduz province but their extraction could not yet start due to the reasons best known to high...

July 20 2014

Laghman is one of strategically important provinces located in the country’s eastern zone. The province is bordering Badakhshan, Nangarhar and Kabul in north, Kunar in east and Kabul and Kapisa provinces in west.

 

Being a...

August 05 2014

Logar province is located 65- kilometers to the south of capital Kabul. The Kabul province is situated to its north, Paktia to south, Nangarhar to east and Maidan Wardak Province is located to its west. A strip of Ghazni province touches Logar. ...

January 14 2014

JALALABAD (PAN): The eastern Nangarhar province has abundant mines of marbles and luminous stones, which need to be extracted in a professional and legal way. 

According to the survey conducted back in 1956, large scale mines of marble and...

December 22 2014

Nimroz is one of the large provinces located in southwestern part of Afghanistan bordering Iran in the west and Pakistan in the south. It is said that the province was named “Nimroz” in the middle ages.

Based on the information by the...

January 14 2014

Nuristan (PAN): The mountainous eastern Nuristan province has large scale reservoirs of natural mines containing precious and semi precious stones.

For the purpose to explore and exploit the underground reserves, the department of mines...

July 20 2014

Paktiais located 120 kilometres south of capital Kabul close to Durand Line. Paktia is of great importance in terms of having underground riches, but the province is neglected in terms of conducting mining exploration survey there. 

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March 01 2015

Paktika is located to the southeast of the country, bordering Paktia and Ghazni in the north. In its northeast is lying Khost and southwest north and South Waziristan Agencies. Baluchistan province of Pakistan and Zabul are located to its west....

July 20 2014

Located 120 kilometres to the northeast of Kabul, Panjsher is a mountainous province alongside the Hindukush Mountainswith several sub valleys.

The province is located 22,117 metreshigh from sea level, with its highest peak is estimated at...

January 14 2014

The strategically important Parwan has vast rich land and the province is known for having natural reservoirs of quality plumbum and zing.

Parwan has 15 kinds of natural resources such as coal, gems, zing, plumbum, copper, iron, chromites...

July 23 2014

AIBAK (Pajhwok): The northern Samangan province--- situated on the strategic Kabul-Balkh highway--- is one of the most important provinces of Afghanistan as far as the natural resources are concerned.

Samangan is rich in natural mines of...

January 25 2014

The northern Sar-i-Pul province is rich in mineral and natural reserves but their extraction process faces multiple obstacles with special reference the presence of armed groups and remoteness of the areas.

Officials of the Ministry of...

January 14 2014

TALOQAN (PAN): The northwestern Takhar province has an estimated 46 different mines containing natural reserves and resources which will considerably bolster national economy if they are extracted in a professional and legal ways.

As many...

February 01 2014

TARINKOAT (Pajhwok): Surveys conducted in the past shown the central Uruzgan province had large scale reservoirs of natural resources, officials of provincial mines department said.

Ahmad JavedKhpalwak,...

August 05 2014

By Bashart

KABUL (Pajhwok): Located 30 kilometres to the west of Kabul province, it is reported that the central Maidan Wardak has around 53 known sites of natural resources.

These sites have been identified with the help of locals...

March 11 2014

QALAT (Pajhwok): Officials of southern Zabul mines department said different kinds of mines could be found in various parts of this province, but proper survey was needed to identify its exact volume and location.

HamidullahRasuli,...

April 27 2014

Apart from widespread existence of precious and semi-precious stones in Afghanistan, the country is bestowed with prevalent gold reservoirs, which--- if properly excavated and utilized--- would usher an era of economic prosperity and development in the war-battered country.

The natural gold assets in Afghanistan can be found in two forms: Gold in pieces exists in different shapes while gold in sediment forms are collect by people from the rivers’ sides and sand.

Experts found...

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