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Striking oil in Afghanistan

By Derek Brower   November 2001

Since the demise of the Soviet Union and the discovery of large oil and gas reserves in the Caspian Sea and its littoral states, Afghanistan has been an important piece on the board of the energy industry’s “great game.”

US energy interests in Afghanistan during the 1990s were represented by Unocal. In 1997, the company formed a consortium called CentGas, to build a natural gas export pipeline between Turkmenistan’s gas fields and Asian markets. Unocal was also interested in developing an oil export pipeline, which would have brought central Asian oil to the east. Both pipes would have crossed Afghanistan.…

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