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Iran says oil field with 50 billion barrels found

Mr Rouhani made the announcement in a speech in the desert city of Yazd. Photo: AP: Office of the Iranian Presidency
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Iran’s president says a new oil field has been discovered with an estimated 50 billion barrels of crude oil in the country’s south.

The announcement by President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday would mean Iran’s proven crude oil reserves would be boosted by a third.

Iran says it currently has some 150 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves.

Rouhani said the discovered field was located in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province.

He made the announcement on Sunday in a speech in the desert city of Yazd.

Iran’s energy industry has been hard-hit by United States sanctions over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

-AAP