Cambodia begins commercial extraction from oil well offshore

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says the country has begun its first commercial extraction of oil from a domestic well.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that the country’s long-awaited first commercial extraction of oil has finally begun.

Speaking nationwide on state television, Hun Sen said the first drop of oil was extracted on Monday by KrisEnergy, a Singapore-based oil and gas company, from a well in offshore Block A in the Gulf of Thailand, west of the coastal Cambodian province of Preah Sihanouk.

“The start of production is a blessing for our Cambodia,” Hun Sen said. “It is a first important step for Cambodia to boost its capacity to reach its goal as an oil and gas production country.”

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