Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Naftna Industrija Srbije AD, a Serbian oil company controlled by OAO Gazprom Neft, and Rohoel Aufsuchungs AG of Austria began drilling a field in southern Hungary in search of oil and gas.
The exploration work began Jan. 31, six weeks after NIS and Rohoel agreed to split costs and profits from the 2,255 square kilometer (870 square mile) field in the Kiskunhalas region, and they will drill at two locations in 2012, NIS said by e-mail.
The partners will invest 10 million euros ($13 million) on exploration this year and may begin production in 2013, it said.
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