Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines will sign the country’s first oil contract with China’s state-owned National Petroleum Corporation.
A spokesman said Minister Wahidullah Shahrani will ink the accord tomorrow with the director of the Beijing-based company.
Surveys conducted by the Soviets in the 1970s have shown that Afghanistan sits on vast mineral wealth.
Afghan and foreign companies already have shown interest, notably in its copper, iron and oil deposits.
Earlier this week, the government approved the deal to allow the Chinese firm to work the oil blocks located in the north eastern provinces of Sari Pul and Faryab.
The area, known as the Amu Darya Basin, is believed to have reserves amounting to about 87million barrels of oil.