Russian oil company Lukoil will invest some $100 million (76 million euros) on oil exploration in Sierra Leone, which is luring big investments to its west African coast after several oil finds, the AFP has reported.
"We are going to invest $100 million in the first phase of an oil exploration venture in the first quarter of 2013," Lukoil vice-president Anatoli Katoshin told AFP after opening the company's office in the capital.
"We are here and we are ready to work with zeal," he said.
Ghana country manager Pavel Bogomolov said the company had built five wells so far in the Gulf of Guinea, "three in the Ivory Coast and two in Ghana and we are optimistic about the Sierra Leone drilling which will be 100 kilometres (62 miles) offshore."
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