The promising hydrocarbon deposits newly located in 2002 contain 1.6 billion tonnes of equivalent fuel. The press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia quoted Maksut Zinnatulin, the head of the Department of Accounting, Analysis, Development, and the Planning of Prospecting of the ministry as saying so. Mr. Zinnatulin said the figure was 10 times that for the whole previous decade.
Besides, Mr. Zinnatulin further said, the situation with discovering new deposits of chromium, manganese, lead, copper, nickel, cobalt, wolfram, and some other ores had also improved. The State Geological Service of the ministry sees the preparation of state programmes concerning the extraction of various minerals as its primary objective for the year 2003.
For the time being, one needs to finish the construction of the section that is 100 kilometres long. On October 17, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with RND that the project would be completed