Processing Magazine

Cambodia eyes onshore oil prospect

October 12, 2007

The Associated Press reports that the Cambodian government has formed a body to manage the country''s Tonle Sap lake basin, which is thought to contain onshore oil and gas reserves. Tonle Sap lake, or "Great Lake," is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It is located about 120 miles northwest of Cambodia''s capital Phnom Penh and touches six provinces The body -- named the Tonle Sap Basin Authority -- will be headed by Tao Seng Hour, a minister in Prime Minister Hun Sen''s government, The Cambodia Daily newspaper reported. The new authority''s work will also include improving the environment and the livelihoods of the people living in the basin area of about 6,180 sq. miles around the lake. Tonle Sap lake covers about 618,000 acres during the dry season and expands to about 3 million acres during the rainy season. It holds a rich biosphere of more than 200 species of fish, 42 types of reptiles, 225 species of birds and 46 kinds of mammals.