The Theft of Gas and Oil in Eastern Euphrates

Many are those who believe the gas-and–oil-conflict in the east Mediterranean region to be a recent one. The truth, however, is that it dates back to 1966. Do not be surprised! British research vessels discovered some gas fields in Eratosthenes Seamount in 1966. Then, between 1977 and 2003, USA and Russia came to confirm that Eastern Mediterranean gas extends from the coast of Latakia to Egypt; in Eratosthenes Mediterranean submerged mountain that spreads from Latakia cliff to 180 km to the north of Dumyat. Unsurprisingly, Israel was informed by that so it started searching since 1997 via Eastern-Mediterranean research vessels.

Years after that, under the pretext of detecting any possible “Iranian” missile strike on Israel, it deployed electric probes in 2008. The declaration came in August 17, 2010, after a geologic scanning carried out by Nautilus, the U.S. vessel with Turkish facilitation: The massive Leviathan gas field with 23-trillion-cubic –foot reserve existed in Eastern Mediterranean as one of the world’s biggest gas reserve fields. Even though Israel controlled the waters of Egypt and Lebanon, |The Syria, Egypt and Lebanon share was still greater than hers. Turkey, on the other hand, came out empty handed with zero-oil-and-petroleum shores. Thus, how to make it to that treasure?! It was the “Arab Spring”

In 2019, USA withdrew most of its forces from North Syria to give way to the Turkish invasion while it kept them in the northeast of Syria and eastern countryside of Deir Al-Zour in order to steal oil with the separatists and for other purposes that shall be discussed later.

Now, the deployment of new American troops in that region is being overemphasized, and negotiations are under way to give the American companies the right to extract oil. An operation carried out by an occupier and some gangs supporting it! It is actually the worst example of the flagrant theft, so what is the truth about what is going on?

Syria and the underground wealth: We mean, in particular, oil and gas. There is no extensive official statement or study about the history or size of the underground wealth and production in Syria. Moreover, there is a great discrepancy between some brief statements and the information of international companies. It is to say that everything is ambiguous, so we shall rely on our own studies and on what we can get from the facts we already published three years ago.

It is probably not known to many that in 1933 France, which was colonizing Syria, delegated the Iraqi oil company, which is a consortium of companies (Shell, BP, Exxon-Mobil, Total, Gulbekian), to drill for oil. The company dug (12) exploratory wells and the result? (There is no oil or gas in Syria!).

In 1949, President Shukri Al-Qutli commissions the US Company James W. Menhall Drilling Company with the task of drilling. In September 1956, Al-Swedia field, then the Ramilan field were discovered.

On October 5, 1958, President Gamal Abdel Nasser suspended the operation and confiscated the American company’s acquisitions. On March 4, 1965, the decision to nationalize all foreign oil companies in Syria was issued, and actual production started in Ramilan and Suwaidi in 1968, to reach the number of (1266) producing wells in 2010. Thus, the two fields’ age back to over 50 years old i.e. oil production of the Eastern region of Syria is 50 years old… keep that number in mind please! Discoveries followed later on in the Syrian governorate of Deir Al-Zour, Al-Raqa and the Syrian Badia,and the last of which was in the Mediterranean Sea off the shores of Tartus and Lattakia. However, the heavier reliance continued to be placed on the Syrian eastern region fields until (2011).

According to the Syrian Oil Company, the production volume in 2007 reached 70.543 million barrels of oil, then it reached 380 thousand barrels per day in 2011, i.e. 138 million barrels per year, more than 70% of which from the Syrian eastern region . After that, it dropped to 10,000 barrels per day after the beginning of the war on Syria and the terrorists’ occupation of the oilfields. (To be continued…)

Source: (, FirilStudies Center, Berlin (30/10/2019), supervised by Dr. Jamil M. Shaheen.

Some of the Research resources: Syrian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.



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