On 24 June in Dushanbe, the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan hosted a scientific and technical meeting on the results of geological exploration carried out in blocks licensed to Gazprom. Taking part in the event were Deputy Minister Emomiddin Aslzoda; the head of the Tajik Government's Geology Directorate, Murod Khol; the general director of the state unitary enterprise Naftu Gaz (an oil and gas company belonging to Tajikistan's Ministry of Energy), Saidzhon Saidrakhmonov and a number of other leading experts.
Gazprom International, Gazprom's sole specialised company for the exploration and development of oil and gas deposits outside the Russian Federation and the operator of exploration projects in Tajikistan, was represented by its chief geologist, Sergei Karnaukhov; the head of its Production Department, Roman Kuznetsov; and the director of Gazprom International's representative office in the Republic of Tajikistan, Igor Shatalov.
During the meeting, which took place at the initiative of the relevant Tajik authorities, discussions focused mainly on all of the geological and geophysical works completed in the licensed area of Sarykamysh in south-western Tajikistan, the results of drilling in the Shakhrinav 1-p ultra-deep exploratory well and the data obtained as a result of tests conducted in promising sites that have been discovered.
Representatives of the Tajik authorities noted that the geological exploration carried out by Gazprom International in the Sarykamysh area had been completed at a high scientific, technical and production level. During the construction of the Shakhrinav 1-p well, deep-seated deposits were discovered for the first time, unique geological and geophysical data were collected and direct signs of the presence of oil and gas were revealed, including the collection of non-industrial inflows of hydrocarbons. In the opinion of Russian experts, a comprehensive analysis of the results of this work will make it possible to optimise further research in the area and to determine its potential.
Meeting participants expressed their intention to conduct, in October of this year, along with Tajikistan's Ministry of Energy and Geology Directorate, a review of plans for further geological surveying in the Sarykamysh area, as well as the programme for seismic and gravity surveying works at another block licensed to Gazprom International in Tajikistan, West Shokhambary.
Cooperation between Gazprom and the Republic of Tajikistan is based on their long-term (up until 2028) Agreement on Strategic Cooperation in the Gas Sector of 15 May 2003 and their Agreement on the General Principles of Geological Exploration in Tajikistan of 10 June 2008.
Gazprom International has been investing in a geological exploration project at two licensed areas in Tajikistan: Sarykamysh in the south-western part of the country and West Shokhambary in the western part of the country.
On 11 June 2013, at the Sarykamysh area, the company completed its drilling—begun in December 2010—of the Shakhrinav 1-p exploratory well to a depth of 6,450 metres, the deepest drilling for oil and gas in Central Asia in history. As a result of the drilling and the completion of a number of geological and geophysical exploration works, eight potential oil and gas sites were identified.
Gazprom's total investments in geological exploration at licensed areas in Tajikistan have totalled more than 5.5 billion roubles since the start of geological exploration works.