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    Belarusians Make Good on President’s Demands to Find Domestic Oil Reserves

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    A new oil field has been discovered on the territory of Belarus, according to the country's Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrey Kovkhuto.

    Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Andrey Kovkhuto announced that a new major oil field has been found on the territory of his country, local media reported.

    According to him, the Yuzhno-Shatilovskoye field, which has "significant" oil reserves, is located in the Gomelsk region in south-eastern Belarus.

    "The deposit will be promptly transferred to the mining company, and this will be an additional reserve for them," Kovkhuto was quoted by the Belarusian news website tut.by as saying.

    He added that Belarus currently produces about 1.6 million metric tons of oil per year, and that the discovery of the new field is fully in line with a recent demand issued by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

    Earlier, Lukashenko drew attention to the serious flaws in the exploration of mineral resources in Belarus, where he said more efforts are needed to resolve the problem.

    He said that he "just did not believe that we do not have large amounts of oil and that we lack natural gas in the bowels of the earth."

    Kovhuto, for his part, assured that Belarus possesses significant mineral resources and that it fully provides itself with reserves of potash and rock salt, dolomite and lime raw materials, clay, construction and foundry sand, as well as building stone and  peat.


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