Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Syria signs oil exploration deal with Russia

Can't resist- Syria signs oil exploration deal with Russia

 Syria's state news agency says the oil ministry has signed a deal with Russian oil and gas company Soyuzneftegaz to explore in the Mediterranean Sea.
SANA's report Wednesday did not say where the deal was signed, though it said the exploration will take place off the Syrian coast.
Earlier this year, Syrian Oil Minister Suleiman Abbas discussed with the ambassadors of China and Russia the possibility of exploring for oil and gas off Syria's Mediterranean coast.
Most of Syria's oil and gas fields in the country's east are under opposition control and the country's oil exports almost have stopped.
Israel is already developing recent discoveries of massive offshore deposits and Lebanon has also spoken of trying to develop offshore fields.

The Syrian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources signed the "Amrit" contract with Russian company Soyuzneftegaz for offshore oil drilling, development and production in block no. 2 of Syria's territorial waters.
The contracts covers oil exploration in the area between Tartous city and Banyas city at a depth of 70 kilometers, covering an overall area of 2,190 square kilometers.
The contract stipulates for beginning with surveys in the area and preparing studies to pinpoint potential drilling sites, with this stage costing over USD 15 million.
The second stage will involve drilling at least one test well and it will cost over USD 75 million, and if the operations are successful, the company will carry out further drilling, development and production operations.
The contract also includes benefits such as training staff at the Syrian General Establishment of Petroleum to create a qualified Syrian workforce.
Soyuzneftegaz will be responsible for funding all the stages of the contract, and will begin operations immediately after the contract's ratification and publication.


  1. The timing is perfectly consistent with the coming lebanon auctions whereby the Russian majors are lined up along with western majors. Russia has already locked up an offtake from tamar and the move by Israel to arm up with German patrol boats and declare a unilateral maritime border telss you all you need to know. The lebanon war threats by Israel are well times. Intifada 3.x on deck?

    1. Hey Anonymous

      apologies your comment went to spam
      and I just caught it this am
      sorry about that..

  2. “Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
    The Infamous "Oded Yinon Plan". Introduction by Michel Chossudovsky

    By Israel Shahak

    "The following document pertaining to the formation of “Greater Israel” constitutes the cornerstone of powerful Zionist factions within the current Netanyahu government, the Likud party, as well as within the Israeli military and intelligence establishment.

    According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, “the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.” According to Rabbi Fischmann, “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.”

    When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing war on Syria, not to mention the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project.

    Viewed in this context, the war on Syria is part of the process of Israeli territorial expansion. Israeli intelligence working hand in glove with the US, Turkey and NATO is directly supportive of the Al Qaeda terrorist mercenaries inside Syria.

    The Zionist Project also requires the destabilization of Egypt, the creation of factional divisions within Egypt as instrumented by the “Arab Spring” leading to the formation of a sectarian based State dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood..."

    вот так

    1. thanks bot tak
      very familiar with the plan, perhaps not all its details, but, with the agenda
      And the destabilization agenda looks to be being dished up in hearty servings..
      Isn't it convenient that Egypt just named Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization- all the better to wage a war of terror... ooops I mean a war against terror

      When we pass laws that criminalize this or that it is always a justification to 'wage war' by any means for the newly created reasoning

  3. back in 2011, when Robert Ford was still US Ambassador-at-large in syria
    Ford had joined in demos in HAMA with the 'opposition'

    french embassy snipers shoot at dmonstrators

    1. thanks brian, that is something I recall blogging on...
      Ford was always in bed with the scum

  4. Another target for the ZOF war mongers. They don't like humans extracting their oil and NG that could be stolen by Israel.

    1. Indeed Greg, yet another reason for the warmongers
      And a new acronym?
      I can keep up with all of these.
      But this much I know, Israel want to control the resources in that entire area
      by land and by sea

  5. Hi Penny,

    Hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas.

    Sit down put your feet up, have a turkey sandwich and a glass of wine, followed by a piece of Christmas cake and a nice cup of tea,,, you will need it as this is a biggie,

    1. "Hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas"

      We did. Thanks.
      Hope you did too?

      Yup, that is a biggie.
      Four Horseman about 90 minutes
      It will have to wait till later, but, I look forward to watching it

      As for christmas cake and tea?
      sounds good!

  6. a delegation from australia has been to syria to show their support for the syria govt army and people, led by Prof Tim Anderson of Sydney Uni
    Lattakia military hospital -
    Tim Anderson Australian delegation with the governor of Lattakia, at a military hospital and at Tishreen University
    a delegation from australia has been to syria to show their support for the syria govt army and people, led by Prof Tim Anderson of Sydney Uni

    34 minutes ago · Like · 2

    Khaled Al-Qassimi i can translate it if you want.
    26 minutes ago · Like

    Khaled Al-Qassimi The governor of Latakia (ahmad sheikh abdel kader) and Security branch of latakia headed by mohamad shraytah met with delegates from australia made up from journalists and writers. In addition people from "hands off syria" (0- 22 seconds)
    20 minutes ago · Edited · Like · 2

    Khaled Al-Qassimi after such meeting they visited a military hospital.
    19 minutes ago · Like

    Khaled Al-Qassimi The soldier said that the terrorists were composed of libyans , algerians , tunisians. which the governor summed up under one word " they came from several regions"
    18 minutes ago · Like

    Khaled Al-Qassimi The other soldier said that we saw fighters from aghanistan and the dogs of erdogan.(1:03)
    17 minutes ago · Edited · Like · 1

    Khaled Al-Qassimi Prof Tim Anderson from ( 1:35 ) says : We came to uncover the truth about the syrian conflict , furthering ourselves from the lies media outlets were projecting. We found that syrians are fighting terrorists from 83 coutnries . The people of syria are also sacrificing themselves to keep syria stable.
    9 minutes ago · Edited · Like

    Khaled Al-Qassimi The injured soldiers have a moral despite the severity of the injuries and thats because the syrian people are with them. The fact that the soldiers come from across syria proves that the syrian people are together. (2:01)

    1. as always brian thanks for keeping me informed

  7. Hi Penny

    All the more reason for this:

    to be disseminated as far and wide as possible so the Syrian Soldier can see it too showing there are more than Syrians supporting them.



    PS hope you enjoyed the turkey sandwich , lost the handle and cheers to that post ...too tired it guess :-)

    1. Hi KamNam

      I saw Sakers post and had meant to get back to leave a comment
      But it didn't happen
      Today we were out for lunch at a very nice winery
      It was our treat to ourselves. a pat on the back for working so dam hard on our renovations.
      fyi: I agree with Sakers man of the year.
      the syrian soldier- as much as I hate war/warfare/warmaking and everything about it... the syrian soldier is defending his home and his family on his home ground. this is when a soldier is truly 'worth his salt'