Western firms primed to cash in on Syria’s oil and gas ‘frontier’


US, British, French, Israeli and other energy interests could be prime beneficiaries of military operations in Iraq and Syria designed to rollback the power of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) and, potentially, the Bashar al-Assad regime.

A study for a global oil services company backed by the French government and linked to Britain’s Tory-led administration, published during the height of the Arab Spring, hailed the significant “hydrocarbon potential” of Syria’s offshore resources.

The 2011 study was printed in GeoArabia, a petroleum industry journal published by a Bahrain-based consultancy, GulfPetroLink, which is sponsored by some of the world’s biggest oil companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Total, and BP.

GeoArabia’s content has no open subscription system and is exclusively distributed to transnational energy corporations, corporate sponsors and related organisations, as well as some universities.

Authored by Steven A. Bowman, a Senior Geoscientist for the French energy company CGGVeritas, the study identified “three sedimentary basins, Levantine, Cyprus, and Latakia, located in offshore Syria” and highlighted “significant evidence for a working petroleum system in offshore Syria with numerous onshore oil and gas shows, DHIs (direct hydrocarbon indicators) observed on seismic, and oil seeps identified from satellite imagery.”

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  2. a potential payoff for the players, as they cant very well come straight out with “this is what we want” so the world is subjected to the stupid storylines as it suits them, the Arab spring out front with the agent provocateurs outback, the nauseating false flags designed to sway hearts in their direction , the israelification of militaries and law enforcement drawing in the net, the hijacking of judical systems they run in, under, around and through with impunity, the NGO rackets posing as humanitarian, the black budget underground networks hiding all the high tech the people paid for, the Banksters strangulation of whole economies…..an “Western Firms” with a finger in every pie

  3. Gosh, it is only the usual suspects, that are “accidentaly” involved in every major genocidal and tyrannical battle (Baghdad 1911, El Alamein 1944, etc.) since the discovery of gas and oil. What if let’s say a third world non-NATO and non aligned (with China or Russia) would rise up and say: “we are sick of Isil, we’re going into Syria with our jets and armies”. Think Chile or Indonesia. Noone is allowed to fight or tackle Isil in Syria (not even the Syrians) except by some coincidental wonder – the NATO. Pardon my language but NATO are a “piece of shit” and “human scum” and its fall is long awaited in the eyes of the people of the free world. NATO are even considered shit and scum in NATO countries (if not predominantly) so noone should be surprised once this Unholy axis of evil is dismantled.

  4. If Syria is smart, they will not allow contracts to work for let one single US company. Syria needs to remember who stood by them and award contracts for work accordingly. See how the West and Europe like that. I’m sure between Russia, China and some other favourable countries, they will handle the work without any drama.

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