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Energy officials get training on oil inspections

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Sok Khavan, a secretary of state at the ministry.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy yesterday provided its first-ever training to 216 provincial and ministry officials to increase their knowledge on the inspection of the Kingdom’s oil industry.

Cheap Sour, director-general of the general department of petroleum at the ministry, yesterday said the ministry provided the training to increase the capacities of officials and make them familiar with the oil management law.

“It is the first time that we provided training to improve the knowledge of our officials so they can be inspectors that strengthen the law and practices,” Mr Sour said.

The training commenced yesterday and will finish tomorrow.

Sok Khavan, a secretary of state at the ministry, said at the training of oil inspectors needs to be upgraded and their work should be efficient and fruitful, and compliant with the newly-adopted oil management law.

“Getting an upgrade and new knowledge about all the procedures are very necessary for all inspection officials in the oil sector,” he said.

Mr Khavan said the ministry will push for the development of mines and oil sectors to support social and economic development.

He said it is still hard for the government to enforce the oil management law because it was passed in July this year.

The government expects to have its first oil drop in 2020. The oil will be extracted from the Apsara oilfield, which is located in Block A of the Khmer Basin in the Gulf of Thailand. It was identified as the first productive oil field in Cambodia.

The project can be considered as one of the biggest engineering projects undertaken in the Kingdom, which has for decades been dependent on imported oil from overseas to meet its energy demands.

KrisEnergy has been the partner in the block since 2010. In 2014 it took over as the operator of the area.

In August 2017, KrisEnergy and the government signed an initial agreement to formally commence development of the Apsara Oil Field under a 95 percent – five percent shares basis. The KrisEnergy Group holds 95 percent and the government holds five percent.

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