A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Board of Gazprom, and Emomali Rakhmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, took place today yesterday in Dushanbe.
The implementation of the hydrocarbon prospecting and exploration programme in the Republic of Tajikistan by Gazprom was discussed at the meeting.
Alexey Miller informed the president of Tajikistan that today drilling is starting in the first exploratory well of Shakhrinav-1P, which is located in the Shakhrinavsky district of the republic. This would be the deepest well on the territory of the former Soviet Union.
During the negotiations, it was noted that according to provisional results from geological exploration studies, the total hydrocarbon resources at this area amount to no less than 60 billion cubic metres of gas.
Alexey Miller noted that the Tajikistan government had created favourable conditions for Gazprom's work, and expressed confidence that the implementation of the project is an important step in ensuring Tajikistan's energy independence.
The President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rakhmon, replied by thanking Alexey Miller for the Russian company's contribution to the growth of the energy sector in Tajikistan.
The cooperation between the Republic of Tajikistan and Gazprom is governed by the Agreement concerning the general principles of conducting geological mineral exploration in the oil-and-gas prospective fields in Tajikistan (Rengan, Sargazon, Sarikamysh and West Shokhambari), signed in 2008.
A Memorandum of Intent was signed in 2006 for the creation of a Russian-Tajik joint venture.
The Strategic Cooperation Agreement was concluded in 2003 for a period of 25 years.
The operator for the hydrocarbon exploration and prospecting project in Tajikistan is Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz, a 100%-owned subsidiary of Gazprom.
On 7 December, the operator began drilling the first ultradeep exploratory well, Shakhrinav-1P, in the Sarykamysh area. Shakhrinav-1P is the deepest exploratory well in the Republic. Its projected depth is 6,300m. Gazprom's investment in exploration in Tajikistan's licensed fields amounts to more than 1.5 billion Russian roubles. This includes around 550 million roubles which was directed towards the construction of the well.