The question of accelerated implementation of geological exploration work by the Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz company in the Republic of Tajikistan with the collaboration of representatives of the republic’s main ministries and agencies and contracting organisations was examined on 17 and 18 February in Orenburg.
As reported by Asia-Plus quoting the press secretary for the Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz office in Tajikistan, Ekaterina Kozhevnikova, the meeting was held with participation of Azim Ibrohim, head of the Geology Committee of the government of the Republic of Tajikistan, Zarobiddin Faizulloyev, deputy minister of Energy and Industry, Hairullobek Gafurov, the principal expert from the industry and energy division of the Executive Bodies of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and other officials.
Viktor Antonov, chief process engineer of the Geological Exploration Licensing and Subsoil Use Department of Gazprom, Yuri Skok, executive director of Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz, chief engineer Vladislav Sokolov, and representatives and officials from the Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg (Gazprom Production Orenburg), VolgoUralNIPIgaz and Orenburggazgeophysika companies all represented the Russian side.
According to Ms. Kozhevnikova, the conference was held with the aim of informing the Ministry of Energy and Industry, the Geology Committee (the authorised organisation on the Tajikistan side) and the Tajiki community about Gazprom’s activities and opportunities.
The participants in the meeting visited large industrial facilities which form part of Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg’s structure, as well as the project institute VolgoUralNIPIGaz; they got to know the contracting organisation of Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz, which are expected to be involved in carrying out the geological exploration work in the Tajikistan Republic using state-of-the-art industrial technology; and they also heard the social aims of Gazprom affecting the Orenburg area.
The main theme of the event became the examination of the questions concerning accelerated geological exploration work in licensed areas of Tajikistan.
“Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz announced its intentions to proceed with large-scale seismic exploration work using 3D methodology in three oil and gas prospects in the Tajikistan republic (Sarikamish, Sargazon and Rengan) as early as May or June 2009", Ms. Kozhevnikova noted. “In order to do this, up-to-date machinery is now already packaged and prepared for despatching to the republic. Mobilisation of drilling equipment has begun in parallel with the exploration seismic profiling. So towards the end of the year, the company is planning to start sinking wells in the areas explored."
According to Ms. Kozhevnikova, work in licensed areas in Tajikistan includes the full spectrum of geological exploration measures, such as 3D seismic exploration work, prospect and exploratory drilling, and interpretation and reworking operations on the data received. At the same time, the meeting participants noted that this means working under the republic’s most complex seismic geological conditions. Potential gas-bearing features are located in all areas at depths from 5.5 to 7 kilometres.
Connected with this, speaking at the meeting, the head of the Tajikistan Geology Committee Azim Ibrohim noted that “the conditions under which Tajiki and Russian specialists must work are really complex. A particular difficulty is the lack of complete geological information about the areas. We hope that, with the help of Russian experts, their enormous experience and the latest technology, we will achieve a positive result, and the republic will get its own gas”, the chief geologist of Tajikistan voiced hopefully.
The deputy director of VolgoUralNIPIgaz, Sergei Goronovich, said that “the goal which we are called upon to decide is very hard. Therefore we must unite and come out as a single team. Only then will we be able to count on success.”
At the meeting, it was also mentioned that Gazprom was taking a serious approach to the implementation of an investment project in Tajikistan. Top Russian specialists and the latest cutting-edge technology will be involved in order to carry this out.
Reference: On 10 June 2008, an Agreement “concerning the main principles for conducting a geological survey of the subsoil in the oil- and gas- prospects in the Tajikistan Republic” was signed between Gazprom and the Tajikistan Republic Government, setting the framework within which Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz will conduct exploratory work. Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz has licenses for conducting exploration work in 4 oil- and gas- prospects in the Tajikistan Republic. In December 2006, the company received the first licence for the Sargazon field (Dangarinsky district, Khatlonsky region) and Rengan (Rudaki district). In September 2008 two more licenses were received for the Sarikamish (Shakhrinavsky district) and West Shokhambari (Gissarsky district) areas.
According to preliminary theoretical data, if deposits are discovered, the anticipated reserves of gas in the aforementioned fields could amount to up to 70 to 80 billion m3 of natural gas, which would fully supply internal needs in Tajikistan and would lead the country from fuel dependency.
Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz is a subsidiary company which operates foreign projects for Gazprom for prospecting and developing hydrocarbon deposits, and the construction of oil and gas industry facilities. From January 2007, the company has been wholly owned by Gazprom.
Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz is currently successfully carrying out a number of foreign projects on Gazprom's behalf, specifically in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, India and other countries.
Media group "ASIA-Plus".