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MME to investigate alleged discovery of oil in Vaalgras area

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The Ministry of Mines and Energy has said it will send a team to investigate the ‘unfamiliar content’ that was discovered in the Vaalgras area in the ||Kharas Region over the weekend.Senior public relations officer in the ministry, Andreas Simon in an …

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has said it will send a team to investigate the 'unfamiliar content' that was discovered in the Vaalgras area in the ||Kharas Region over the weekend.

Senior public relations officer in the ministry, Andreas Simon in an interview with Nampa on Monday said the ministry is aware of the content that is alleged to be oil that was discovered while people were drilling boreholes in the areas.

“The ministry did receive some pictures from the area, we are aware and we will send a team today (Monday) or Tuesday to the area to take some samples and only after that we will be able to say if it is oil or something else,” he said.

According to Simon, a company was commissioned by a farmer to drill two boreholes at a farm in the Vaalgras area and during the process found the unfamiliar content.

“This company had received a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture to drill the boreholes and when they found this content spilling over they contacted the Ministry of Agriculture, which then referred them to us. When we look at the depth of the drill it is not deep enough for the discovery of oil, however, we will wait for the outcome of the investigation,” he said.

Vaalgras is located some 60 kilometres northeast of Keetmanshoop.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency