Afghanistan's natural resources could one day provide an almost endless supply of energy for its citizens. This year the Afghan government plans to ask for bids for a series of exploration projects for oil and gas in the north and west of the country.
At the end of a long violent conflict, there are still significant hurdles to overcome before the dream of energy prosperity becomes a reality.
Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Mazar-e-Sharif.
Source: Al Jazeera