Senior officials of Thailand and Cambodia have resumed talks on and oil and gas exploitation project in the Overlapping Claims Area (OCA) in the Thailand Gulf, which has been stalled since 2001.

A Cambodian news source said Thai Minister of Energy Pichai Naripthaphan had an unofficial discussion with Secretary of State of the Cambodian Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy, Ith Prang, on the project on the sideline of the 29 th Energy Ministers Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Brunei .

At the meeting, Pichai affirmed the two countries will restart cooperative ties in the project after ten years of interruption.

He said the two countries’ foreign ministers will discuss details of the project, adding that this is a public discussion and is not related to border issues between Thailand and Cambodia .

The OCA is a 27,000 sq. km offshore area in the Thailand Gulf estimated to contain significant reserves of natural gas./.