Gazprom's operating company for hydrocarbon exploration and prospecting in the Republic of Tadjikistan, Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz, has begun 3D field seismic surveying in the next oil and gas prospect field of Sargazon, located in south-east Tadjikistan.
The methods and area of the exploration zone were examined and approved on 4 December 2009 at a scientific and technical meeting at the Republic of Tadjikistan's government geology headquarters (GUG) with the participation of Azim Ibrohim, the head of GUG; Sergei Tumanov, the director of Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz's representative office; and other specialists.
A field camp has currently been set up on the field with full living support for 120 persons. Topographical work will be carried out, and equipment will be installed.
The projected time for carrying out exploration under optimal weather conditions amounts to 6 months.
The Sargazon oil and gas prospect field is located 100 kilometres to the south-east of Dushanbe. The working field totals 214 square kilometres.
Field exploration work is coming to an end on the Sarikamysh field in the Shakhrinavsky region. After comprehensive examination of the information obtained during the seismic survey and gravity measurements, a valid model of the field's pattern will be obtained initially in February 2010, which will enable the point for sinking the first exploratory well to be identified.
Prospect drilling of the first well in the Sarikamysh field is planned for July - August 2010 and at the start of 2011 in the Sargazon field. The estimated drilling depth will amount to 5.5-6 kilometres.
The process of mobilising the drilling equipment continues. 22 wagons have been unloaded at the logistics base in the town of Vakhdat. Another 6 wagons are on their way. All in all, around 200 railway wagons must be received for the start of drilling the first exploratory well in Tadjikistan.
Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz, at Gazprom's request, is undertaking the hydrocarbon exploration and prospecting project in Tadjikistan. The company is planning to carry out geological exploration over a period of 5 years in the Sarikamysh, Sargazon, Rengan and West Shokhambar fields.