The fourth session of the Management Committee Overseeing Compliance with the 2008 Agreement on Geological Exploration of Tajikistan’s Oil and Gas Prospects, drawn up between Gazprom and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, was held on February 6. The activities of 2011 were summarized, and plans for 2012 were approved.
Taking part in the session were: Vsevolod Cherepanov, board member and Head of Gazprom’s Gas, Gas Condensate and Oil Production Department; Valery Gulev, Director General of Gazprom International; Sherali Gul, Minister of Energy and Industry, Republic of Tajikistan; and Azim Ibrokhim, chief geologist at the Tajik State Geology Committee.
It was noted that between 2009 and 2011, seismic field surveying was conducted over 214 square kilometres in the area of Sargazon, and gravity surveying work was conducted in Sargazon (326 square kilometres) and Rengan (304 square kilometres). Session participants solidified plans to continue gravity surveying work in the licensed areas this year, in particular seismic field surveying in Zapadny Shaambary; they also agreed to additional data processing and interpretation.
On the same day, members of the Management Committee visited the drilling site Shakhrinav‑1p, in the licensed area of Sarykamysh, which is located 36 kilometres southwest of Dushanbe. There they gained knowledge of the organization and specifics of the drilling work that has been ongoing since late 2010.
Preliminary estimates of Sarykamysh’s total resources suggest there are 20 billion cubic metres of gas and 17 million tons of oil.
The planned depth of the Shakhrinav‑1p well is 6,300 metres. It will be deepest in Tajikistan — one of the deepest in Central Asia.