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Russia's Lukoil signs 2-year deal to study area in north Uzbekistan

TASHKENT (Reuters) - Russian oil company Lukoil has signed a two-year agreement with Uzbek state-run energy firm Uzbekneftegaz to study an area of northern Uzbekistan, the firm's chief executive said on Friday during a trip to Tashkent.

Vagit Alekperov said he believed the 45,000 square kilometre area contained hydrocarbons.

(Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)