The Deputy Prime-Minister of Tajikistan visits Shakhrinav-1p
On 14 March, Azim Ibrahim, the Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan, visited the Gazprom International production site located 36 km from Dushanbe in the Shakhrinav Region of Tajikistan.
This is Mr Ibrahim's second visit to the Shakhrinav-1p well in his capacity as Deputy Prime Minister. In December 2013, he was part of a government delegation, led by the republic’s Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzod, to the Gazprom licensed site.
During the meeting, Igor Shatalov, the Director of Gazprom International in the Tajikistan Republic, informed the Deputy Prime-Minister of the current state of work at the well.
He said that exploration work had begun at site No 5. A total of eight potential sites discovered during drilling are to be explored.
Mr Ibrahim familiarised himself with the production process and said he hoped that the work would be successfully completed within the time planned. The plan is to complete geological tests on the well in the summer of this year.
The parties also discussed plans for starting work at another licensed site in West Shokhambary in Tajikistan’s Hisor District. In particular, Mr Shatalov remarked that the company was currently carrying out preparations to begin work at this site.
Gazprom International, a 100 percent-owned Gazprom subsidiary, the sole operator of Gazprom’s hydrocarbon prospecting, exploration and development projects outside the Russian Federation, completed drilling of the exploratory Shakhrinav-1p well in June of last year.
According to the drilling results and complex geological and geophysical work, several sites were discovered. These are being studied for their potential yields and commercial importance.
In total, Gazprom has invested around 5.5 billion roubles in geological prospecting and exploration in Tajikistan.
Cooperation between Gazprom and Tajikistan is developing on the basis of the long-term (up to 2028) Strategic Partnership Agreement in the gas sector, signed in 2003, and the Agreement on the general principles for conducting a geological survey of the subsoil in prospective oil and gas fields in Tajikistan, signed in 2008.
Mr Ibrahim was Head of the General Directorate for Geology under the Tajikistan Government from 2005 to 2013.