On 21 December the representative office of the company Gazprom International in Uzbekistan hosted a meeting where Gazprom’s investment projects on the territory of the Republic in 2012 were accounted for.
In the course of the meeting it was announced that Gazprom International, the sole operator of foreign projects of the limited joint-stock company ‘Gazprom’ for searching, exploring and extracting hydrocarbon deposits, has fully carried out its obligations to the Uzbek side within the phased Program of Geological Exploration in the Usturt region of the Republic. On completion of the Program in the current year an expert evaluation of the oil and gas potential content of seven investment clusters in 16 potential territories was provided.
For the purposes of subsoil geological research on Gazprom’s licensed sites altogether 20 exploration wells were drilled with an average penetration of 73,000 metres. Morevoer, in 2012 there was a follow-up exploration of the Djel deposit field first discovered in 2009. In particular, the company completed a 3D seismic exploration to the extent of 200 square kilometres and drilled another three wells.
As a result of geological exploration work 14 productive possibilities have been established whose reserves at the present time have been confirmed by the Republic of Uzbekistan Ministerial Cabinet State Committee on Reserves, and the necessary amount of geological exploration work on the Kumoi territory has been carried out.
The project for reconstructing and further developing the Shakhpakhta field in the north-west of Uzbekistan in the Kungrad region of the Karakalpakstan republic has continued to be put into place. As of 20 December the field has already yielded about 290 million cubic metres of gas, which is more than 7% of the projected level. As a whole the yield increase in this field in comparison with last year will be no less than 40%. During 2012 a thorough overhaul was undertaken and 5 out of the 19 wells planned for renewal as projected in toto were brought into production.
At the present time Gazprom International specialists are developing a design specification and draft technical and economic feasibility study to develop the Djel deposit field. In 2011in accordance with procedure the license for studying the Shakhpakhta investment site, in whose remit Djel is included, was extended until 2014.
The cooperation of the limited joint stock company ‘Gazprom’ with the Republic of Tajikistan is built among other things on the basis of the Agreement on the Principles of Conducting a Geological Study of the Subsoil of the Investment Sites of Ustuart region of 2006. The Agreement provides for the exclusive right of ‘Gazprom’ to be granted for a subsequent development of new hydrocarbon deposits under the terms of the Agreement on the Division of Production (ADP).
Simultaneously with the program of geological work Gazprom International arranges under the terms of the ADP, signed in 2004, the necessary facilities and follow-on development of the Shakhpakhta field on the territory of Karakalpakiya.
The reconstruction and further development of Shakhpakhta is a pilot scheme of Gazprom International in the Republic of Tajikistan which is implemented under the terms of the Agreement of the Division on Production, signed in 2004, for a period of 15 years. In 2004 for the implementation of this scheme an operator was set up: the limited liability company ‘Zarubezhneftegaz – GPD Central Asia’ (at the present time one of the operational structures of Gazprom International). Its aims and tasks are the arrangement of the necessary facilities and development of the field, the extraction and transportation of raw materials, the construction of the corresponding infrastructure, the purification of the gas, its storage, the execution of environmental responsibilities, as well as the conduct of other activity directly connected with this work. Gas extraction at the field was renewed in August 2004, and industrial influx was received from 10 wells.
In 2006 the operational company completed its second construction of the booster compressor station ‘Shakhpakhta’ and the preliminary gas treatment installation, and on the deposit field a modern base camp has been set up. The gas extracted at Shakhpakhta is delivered to the compressor station ‘Karakalpakskaya’, and from there to consumers through the Central Asia-Centre pipeline.
Since 2004, as part of the license for developing four productive deposit field seams, work has been ongoing to completely overhaul the wells and the extraction of the raw material. In 2010 the operator received the license to develop three additional underlying productive seams.
The Djel deposit field is situated within the Shakhpakhta investment site 235 km from the main gas pipeline Central Asia-Centre and 15 kilometres from the Shakhpakhta field. In terms of geological structure Djel is one of the very complex deposit fields.