Dmitriy Denisenko, "Vecherniy Bishkek"
The Russian open joint-stock company, Gazprom, has outlined strategic plans for the production of natural gas at two deposits in Kyrgyzstan. The Chairman of the Board of the Russian company, Alexey Miller, reported this in Bishkek today, 10 April, after signing an agreement for the acquisition of Kyrgyzgaz's assets.
According to him, Gazprom intends to work actively in conducting geological exploration work at two deposits - Kugart and East Mayli-Su-IV, which in the future will enable the Republic to produce a large amount of its own gas.
Miller noted that Gazprom has prepared all of the technical documentation regarding the preparations for the active geological exploration of these oil-and-gas deposits which it owns.
Looking back, exactly one year ago it became known that Gazprom International, the single operator for foreign projects for the Russian OJSC Gazprom in the field of prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits, had completed the licence applications for continuing geological exploration work within Kyrgyzstan.
An updated phased programme of geological subsoil study in the prospective oil-and-gas-bearing fields of Kugart and East Mayli-Su-IV was signed and approved at that time.
At the end of 2012, Turgunbek Kulmurzaev (chief executive officer of Kyrgyzgaz OJSC) said that in 2013 Gazprom will provide $100 million for the exploration sites at Kugart and East Mayli-Su-IV. Work is scheduled to start in March/April next year.
In March 2012, the Government Agency for geology and mineral resources started checks in relation to Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz (part of Gazprom International) for carrying out reconnaissance work at the oil-and-gas deposits in Kugart and East Mayli-Su-IV. As was explained at the agency, this was connected with delayed geological exploration work. In August last year, Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz intensified exploration of the oil-and-gas deposits.
Licences for the rights to use the subsoil at two prospective fields – Kugart and East Mayli-Su-IV - were issued to Gazprom International in 2008. In 2010, in connection with the escalation of the political situation in Kyrgyzstan, the geological exploration work here was suspended.
The prospective site at the Kugart field is located 10km to the north-east of Djalalabad. Its area is about 60 square kilometres. It is expected that the main potentially productive horizons here lie at depths of 1000 to 2800 metres.
The prospective site at East Mayli-Su-IV (or Sharkaratma) is located 15 km to the east of Mayli-Su-IV and occupies an area of about 20 square kilometres. Its main potentially productive beds are located at depths of up to 800 metres.
In 2003, Gazprom and the Kyrgyzstan government signed an agreement on cooperation in the gas industry for a period of 25 years, which provides for, inter alia, the development of hydrocarbon deposits on the territory of the Republic, the reconstruction, construction and use of main gas pipelines and other gas complex infrastructure facilities in the country, and the transportation and supply of gas, through the implementation of joint projects.
Cooperation between Gazprom International and Kyrgyzstan is based on an agreement on the general principles for conducting geological subsoil exploration in fields with oil and gas potential in the Kyrgyz Republic, signed in 2007.