On 9 November, at a session of the Russian-Tajik intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation which took place in Moscow, the co-chairperson of the commission on the Tajik side – first Vice-Premier of the Republic of Tajikistan Asadullo Gulomov – during a meeting with Russia's Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko remarked on Gazprom's "fruitful" activity in developing the republic's prospective oil-and-gas fields.
He recalled that the operator of the Russian gas company Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz is carrying out geological exploration work in four prospective blocks: Sarikamysh, Sargazon, Rengan and West Shokhambari.
Following the meeting, the first Vice-Premier of Tajikistan also reported that the company is planning to start drilling the first exploratory well in the Sarikamysh area in December this year.
The head of the Russian Federation's Energy Ministry replied by remarking that Tajikistan's authorities are lending maximum support to Gazprom in the development of prospective areas on the Republic's territory. He expressed confidence that Tajikistan's own gas will appear in the future, according to the Russian mass media.
Gazprom zarubezhneftegaz (a 100%-owned subsidiary of Gazprom) is undertaking the hydrocarbon exploration and prospecting project in Tajikistan.
The Sarikamysh field is estimated to have the best prospects of all of Gazprom's four licensed areas.
Sakhrinav 1-P, located in the Sarikamysh area, is the deepest well in the Republic of Tajikistan. It is 6,300 metres deep