The head of the Tajikistan Ministry of Energy and Industry visits Shakhrinav-1P
On 26 September, the Energy and Industry Minister for the Republic of Tajikistan, Sherali Gul, visited the drilling field in the Sarikamysh area, where Gazprom International has been constructing the exploratory well Shakhrinav-1P since December 2010.
During his trip, the head of Tajikistan's Ministry of Energy and Industry was accompanied by Emomiddin Asov, head of the oil-and-gas production department. The Russian delegation was represented by Vadim Rybalchenko, deputy Managing Director and head geologist at Gazprom International, Igor Shatalov, head of the exploration work and reserves estimation department (who since 15 October has taken on the responsibilities of director of the company's representative office in Tajikistan), and representatives from contract organisations.
During the visit, Sherali Gul became thoroughly acquainted with the progress of construction of the well, whose depth currently amounts to 4,950 metres out of the projected 6,300. He also expressed his satisfaction with the organisation of the work that is being conducted by the Russian side.
The progress of Gazprom's projects for hydrocarbon prospecting and exploration in prospective blocks in Tajikistan was discussed on 14 September in Moscow at a meeting between Valeriy Gulev, Gazprom International's Managing Director, and Sherali Gul, Tajikistan's Energy and Industry Minister .
Valeriy Gulev advised the head of the Tajikistan Ministry of Energy and Industry that Gazprom International will soon be able to start studies at the next prospective field of West Shokhambari, located in the west of Tajikistan.
Cooperation between Gazprom and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan has been regulated by an Agreement on the main principles of conducting geological study of the subsoil in Tajikistan's oil-and-gas prospective fields since 2008.
Under the Agreement, the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan was appointed as the authorised body to implement projects on the Tajiki side.