On 2 July, the total volume of natural gas produced at the Shakhpakhty field in north-west Uzbekistan, a redevelopment project that Gazprom International has been implementing since 2004, surpassed 3 billion cubic metres.
As a result of geological and technical measures and renovation and upgrading works undertaken this year, company specialists increased the current number of wells in operation to 25, which is already six more than originally planned. In addition, average daily production volumes exceeded 1 million cubic metres, which is almost 100,000 cubic metres more than last year.
It is planned for more than 340 million cubic metres of gas to be produced and transported through the end of 2015, which exceeds projected production levels by close to 20 per cent.
Last year, approximately 330 million cubic metres of “blue fuel” was produced at Shakhpakhty and supplied to end consumers.
The reconstruction and further development of Shakhpakhty is a Gazprom International pilot project in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Gazprom International is Gazprom’s unified specialised company for the prospecting, exploration, and development of hydrocarbon fields outside the Russian Federation. The project is being implemented based on the terms of a 15-year Production Sharing Agreement signed in 2004.
Shakhpakhty, a gas field located in the south-eastern part of the Ustyurt Plateau in the Kungradsky Region of the Republic of Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan, was discovered in 1962. During the period in which it has been in operation, the field has yielded a total of 36.5 billion cubic metres of gas, which is approximately 78.5 per cent of the initially confirmed reserves. At present, Shakhpakhty’s recoverable reserves are estimated to contain about 8 billion cubic metres.
Under a license for the development of four of the field’s productive formations, works have been under way since 2004 for the capital repair of wells and the extraction of raw materials.
The gas produced at Shakhpakhty is supplied to the Karakalpakskaya compressor station, and then to consumers via the Central Asia-Centre pipeline.
There are more than 200 hydrocarbon deposits in Uzbekistan. Each year, approximately 60 billion cubic metres of gas is produced, 50 billion of which is consumed domestically and about 10 billion of which is exported, primarily to Russia and China.