The Managing Director of Gazprom International, Valery Gulev, paid a one-day working visit to Tajikistan on 9 July, where he was met by the Prime Minister of the Republic, Kokhir Rasulzoda, and the Minister of Energy, Usmonali Usmonzoda.
During the meeting with the head of the Tajik government, he discussed the current status and main areas of bilateral cooperation in the energy sector.
Valery Gulev thanked the Tajik Prime Minister for the support that the leadership of his country has always shown to Gazprom International, and informed him of the status of the production facility situated in the Shakhrinav prospective structure (Sarikamysh licence area). Both sides discussed the prospects for the Russian company’s future operations within the republic. In particular, they discussed the exploration work scheduled to start this year in another Gazprom licence area in Western Shokhambary in the Hisor District of Tajikistan.
Valery Gulev and Kokhir Rasulzoda also discussed the changes to the taxation system in Tajikistan in the subsoil sector, and the Tajik Ministry of Energy’s plans to hold a geological conference in Dushanbe at the end of the year. They both agreed that such an event would make a significant contribution to the development of bilateral ties in the oil and gas sector.
Kokhir Rasulzoda expressed his satisfaction at the work carried out by Gazprom International’s specialists, and emphasised the government’s readiness to further assist their Russian partners.
Gazprom International, the sole specialised operator for Gazprom’s overseas upstream projects, is implementing an investment project at two licence areas in the Republic of Tajikistan: Sarikamysh, in the south west, and Western Shokhambary, in the west of the country. The discovery of deposits in these prospective oil and gas fields could allow Tajikistan to fully meet its domestic needs for gas and free itself from energy dependency.
In 2013, at the Shakhrinav prospective oil and gas field, Gazprom International completed the drilling of exploration well Shakhrinav- 1p at a depth of 6,450 meters, and is currently testing the promising sites identified there. This is the deepest well drilled in Central Asia in the history of oil and gas drilling.
Gazprom’s total investments in exploration at licence areas in Tajikistan from the beginning of the project amounts to more than 5.5 billion roubles.
The cooperation between JSC Gazprom and Tajikistan is being developed on the basis of the long term agreement (up to 2028) on strategic cooperation in the gas industry dated 15 May 2003, and the agreement on general principles for the geological study of Tajikistan’s subsoil dated 10 June 2008.