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Sri Lanka finds natural gas deposit offshore: president
02 Oct, 2011 13:10:07
Oct 02, 2011 (LBO) - Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced that a large natural gas deposit has been found in offshore waters, a presidential spokesman said.
He made the announcement in a speech at a meeting for local government polls in Kandy in the central hills.

The spokesman quoted Rajapaksa as saying an oil exploration firm drilling test wells in offshore waters had informed the government about the discovery Sunday morning.

"I was getting ready to come to Kandy early this morning when I got good news that I thought of sharing with the people in Kandy," Rajapaksa was quoted as saying.

"The company doing test drilling in the Gulf of Mannar informed me this morning that they have found a huge deposit of (natural) gas in the sea bed.

"This will help us to meet the country's energy requirements."

Rajapaksa did not give further details but Cairn India began drilling its first test well in the Mannar Basin off the north-west coast in August.

The spokesman quoted Rajapaksa as saying the firm had also begun drilling the second test well.

The discovery announced Sunday is the first since intermittent exploration for oil and gas began in the 1970s.

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3. Dimuthu Karunanayake Nov 24
Indians poaching in to our gas assets and oil blocks..They are creating a fisherman issue...our fool reporters are also reporting thinking they get a big story...Our neighbor does not want Russia or Europe to come and touch our Sea and Oil resources..

This is the agenda..People who want to come and dig also delays since they sea India and Sri Lanka has issue with Sea borders...

Also Cairn has appointed a senior person who was ousted from a government agency.

2. Miracle of Asia Oct 03
While is is good news for the whole country; lets hope that the government decides on a sustainable process to harness this natural resource without thinking about short-term gains...

Hope corruption /red tape will not into it...

1. Tayani Oct 02
Oh no now we consumers will have to pay double the price for gas in a few years time unlike when we imported gas. I hope people will understand this. In Nigeria, Yemen etc it is same. All the best the Common Man