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The company has also been contracted to explore for Natural Coal,
Zercon TitaniumÖ and to fully refurbish the Berbera cement factory
HARGEISA, SOMALILAND (SL Times) 18 October - Seminole Copenhagen Group, a
company based in UK, is going to start oil and minerals exploration and
drilling in Somaliland soon.
According to an agreement signed with the Somaliland ministry of Water And
Mineral Resources on October 10, 2002, the British company has obtained
concessions to explore and drill for oil and minerals in Somaliland. A
technical team is expected to arrive here next month, by the latest, to
begin preliminary assessment.
A team comprising two SCG executives, Faisal Kasim, and Stephen J. Musker
arrived in Hargeisa earlier this month to negotiate a deal with Somaliland
government officials in the area of hydrocarbons exploration and drilling.
The Heimal 1 and II oil wells are expected to operated by Seminole
Copenhagen Group. The wells drilled and capped by American oil company
Sheveron in early 1988, are located in the western coastal area of
Somaliland. Sheveron, which was granted, to operate in an area strectching
from Berbera to Zaila by the regime of Siyad Barre, withdrew its
operations in haste following the fall of more than 2/3 of the country
into the hands of the SNM by mid 1988. Sheveron and other American
companies had obtained permissions to conduct oil exploration and drilling
operations in the northern parts of the former State of Somalia.
After its total liberation by the SNM in January 1991, Somaliland withdrew
from the union with Somalia and instead proclaimed independence.
The SCG is an offshoot of Seminole Oil & Energy Ltd, which is managed
jointly by Faisal Kasim and Alexander Sefre with Jermaine Jackson (brother
of Michael Jackson) as its head of public relations. In addition to oil,
the SCG will explore for minerals such as natural coal, Zercon and
Titanium. According to one study, Somalilandís deposits in Natural Coal
are estimated at 5 billion tons. The company has also been contracted to
fully refurbish the Berbera cement factory.
Before the Somaliland agreement has been concluded, Seminole had
reportedly approached the US state department for advice as to whether
investment in Somaliland's yet unexploited oil and minerals sector could
risk attracting American government objection or reservation. According to
SCG, the state departmentís response had been not only positive but also
encouraging as well.