Interview: Syrian-Chinese petroleum cooperation makes remarkable progress: minister

11:18, January 18, 2011      

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by Fadi Abu Halawa

Syrian Oil and Gas Minister Sufian Allaw said here on Monday petroleum cooperation between Syria and China has made a remarkable progress and achieved fruitful results.

He welcomed the Chinese petroleum companies to take part in new investment opportunities in Syria's land and sea oil fields in an interview with Xinhua at his office in Damascus.

He hailed the role of China National Petroleum Corporation ( CNPC), saying "CNPC has worked with Kawkab oil company, a joint Syrian-Chinese company which started operation in 2003, to help increase the oil production in Gbeiba oil field to 14,500 barrels per day (BPD) from 6,100 BPD," Allaw said.

"There are nine joint petroleum companies, including Shell and CNPC, working in Syria. Petroleum cooperation between Syria and China covers the fields of exploration, refining, cadres training and petroleum equipment," he said.

"We are planning to send Syrian national cadres to Chinese petroleum companies to receive training to enhance cooperation between the two countries in this field," Allaw added.

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