To increase petroleum production and reserves, the Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry worked on exploring new areas and re-assessing existing ones, Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister El Molla said in press statements after presiding over a general assembly meeting of Rashid and Burullus Company for Petroleum.

The Western desert is a very promising area and there are good indicators that there are petroleum and gas finds to be unearthed soon, he said.

With the development of excavation technologies, companies can now reach deeper layers, he said.

He underlined the importance of stepping up exploration work and pumping new investments to increase production and reserves.