On 14 September, the management of Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz's representative office in the Republic of Tajikistan and representatives from contract organisations visited the drilling field of Shakhrinav-1P in the Sarikamysh area of the Shakhrinav region (36 km south-west of Dushanbe), and also the portion of road linking the community of Bolshevik with the future wells.
The working group, headed by Sergei Tumanov, director of the representative office, became familiar with the progress of preparation for the next stage of the project - prospect drilling.
To date, a residential campus has been set up at the Shakhrinav-1 drilling field. Preparation work on the foundations for the erection of a boring machine is being carried out. All the equipment needed for assembling the boring machine has been delivered to the site (109 wagons).
Work continues on the development and reconstruction of the access road to the drilling site at the 15km-long section of road from the villages of Bolshevik and Kyzylbulok to the Shakhrinav-1 drilling point. The construction of the road in the difficult geological mining conditions of the district is designed to ensure year-round access to the drilling site. The road preparation works are currently more than 70% complete.
During a meeting with the construction engineering and technical staff, the management of the representative office expressed a desire to accelerate the progress of the preparation work.
"The project is very important for Tajikistan. Therefore the earlier we start drilling, the sooner we can get the first results", said Mr. Tumanov.
The company is planning to start on drilling the Sakhrinav-1 well in November this year.
The Sarikamysh field is estimated to have the best prospects from all of Gazprom's four licensed areas.
Sakhrinav 1 is the deepest well in the Republic of Tajikistan.
It is 6,300 metres deep.
Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz, at Gazprom's request, is undertaking the hydrocarbon exploration and prospecting project in Tajikistan.
The company is currently carrying out geological exploration work in 4 areas licensed by Gazprom: the Sarikamysh field (Shakhrinavsky district), the Sargazon field (Dangarinsky district) the Rengan field (Rudaki district), and the West Shokhambari field (Gissarsky district).
The Common Mid-Point (CMP) 3D seisimic survey aerial method is being used for the first time in Tajikistan.
Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz is a 100%-owned subsidiary of Gazprom. The company is Gazprom's foreign investment projects operator in Middle and Near Eastern countries, Latin America, South-east Asia and Africa, and also in near-abroad countries.