According to the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, ten to fifteen percent of Afghanistan’s petroleum needs are met through the Qashqari oil fields.

Afghanistan : Akhundzada Abdul Salam Jawad, the spokesman of the ministry of Industry and Commerce, said that the acting minister met with representatives of an Iranian company about the quality and types of products to be derived from crude oil in the refinery to be constructed.

The spokesperson for the Ministry told TOLOnews: “In this meeting, the representative of Vira Energy and Chemistry Company shared the plan to establish a standard refinery using modern technology, in accordance with the crude oil extracted in Afghanistan, and provided technical information regarding the quantity, quality, and types of products obtained.”

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce and Investment said the establishment of small and large refineries in the oil sector are crucial for achieving self-sufficiency.

According to the officials in this chamber, utilizing Iran’s experience in constructing oil refineries with relatively small investments in Afghanistan will yield positive results.

“Unrefined oil is cheap, but when refined and turned into quality petrol or diesel, its price increases,” said Khan Jan Alokozay, a member of the ACCI’s board of directors.

Meanwhile, some experts said that if standard refineries are established in the country’s mines, the price of minerals within the country will decrease and higher profits can be obtained from exports.

“If facilities are provided in Afghanistan and we can process minerals domestically, both the price of minerals will increase and there will be significant changes in quality, enabling us to attract major international buyers,” said Shaker Yaqubi, an economic expert.

According to the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, ten to fifteen percent of Afghanistan’s petroleum needs are met through the Qashqari oil fields.

Currently, one liter of petrol is sold at 56 afghani, one liter of diesel at 58 afghani, and one kilogram of gas at 45 afghani in Kabul markets.

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