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China to explore oil, gas in Sar-i-Pul

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KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan would enter an agreement with a Chinese firm on oil and gas exploration in the Amu River field in northern Sar-i-Pul province, the Presidential Palace said on Monday.

Chairing a Cabinet meeting, President Hamid Karzai directed Minister of Mines WahidullahShahrani to finalise the deal with the government-controlled Chinese firm.

Private firms to extract iron in Bamyan

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KABUL (PAN): The minister for mines said on Tuesday private companies would be allowed to extract iron ores from deposits in the central Bamyan province on the basis of a transparent bidding process.

Eng. Muhammad Ibrahim Adel told a press conference here that different zones had been explored for iron-ore extraction. Nine private companies including Indian, Chinese, British, Pakistani and two Afghan firms have evinced an interest in attending the bidding.

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