Syrian authorities are hoping Russian companies will develop the country’s offshore oil deposits, said Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem during a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
“We have data that oil and gas deposits on a shelf off the coast of Syria have enormous potential. And we hope to see not only Russian warships in Syria, but also platforms for extracting oil,” Muallem said on Thursday.
He added that one Russian firm has already signed a contract and Damascus is waiting for other companies will follow suit. Syria is ready to offer Russian companies “all possible incentives.”
In 2013, an agreement was signed for Russian companies to develop oil fields on the Syrian coast.
The first phase is worth $88 million and will last for five years.