The second meeting of the Management Committee to Oversee the Implementation of the Agreement on General Principles of Geological Exploration of the Subsoil in Prospective Oil and Gas Areas of the Republic of Tajikistan, signed between Gazprom OJSC and the Government of Tajikistan, was held at Gazprom OJSC's headquarters on 10 June 2008.
The Russian side was represented by: Valery Golubev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom OJSC, Vasily Podyuk, Member of the Management Committee of Gazprom OJSC and Head of the Department of Gas, Gas Condensate and Oil Production, and Valery Gulev, General Director of Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz CJSC (the authorised organisation from Gazprom's side).
The main topics on the agenda of the meeting were summing-up the preliminary results of the project in 2009, and the preparation of work plans and budget for 2010. In particular, it was noted that in the Sarikamysh area this year, a 3D seismic survey was carried out in Tajikistan for the first time. A gravimetric survey is currently being carried out in this area, and the resulting data are being interpreted to determine the drilling location for the first exploration well.
In 2010, several other similar 3D seismic surveys are planned in the areas of Sarikamysh, Rengan, Sargazon, Sarikamysh and West Shokhambary. Also, it is expected that the drilling of the first exploratory well at Sarikamish will begin in July or August, and the drilling of the second well at Sargazon will begin at the end of the year.
"The project is currently ahead of schedule. To speed up the work, all data received are immediately sent for processing and interpretation, without waiting for completion of the seismic survey. In fact, we are working in online mode," stated V. Guliyev at the meeting.
For his part, A. Ibrohim noted the importance for Tajikistan in the work carried out by Gazprom. "A 3D seismic survey was conducted in Tajikistan for the first time. This has already entered into the history of our country," he emphasised.
3D seismic field work in the Sarikamysh area commenced on 24 June 2009 and was completed on 22 October 2009. Interpretation of the data obtained is currently under way.
As soon as the work at Sarikamysh had been completed, the seismic party immediately moved to the area of Sargazon where they will now commence work within the next few days.
The depth of the well to be drilled, which will be positioned based on the results of seismic surveys, is expected to be 5.5–6 km.
According to preliminary theoretical data and if the fields are discovered, the expected gas reserves in the two licensed areas being developed by Gazprom's operator, Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz, could amount to a total of 70–80 billion cubic metres of natural gas. This would enable Tajikistan to meet its domestic demand in full, meaning that the country would no longer suffer from fuel dependency. However, more accurate information on the reserves can only be obtained by exploring these areas in full.
Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz CJSC is planning to carry out geological exploration in the areas of Sarikamysh, Rengan, Sargazon, Sarikamysh and West Shokhambary within the next five years.
Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz, authorised by Gazprom OJSC, is conducting geological exploration in a number of the former Soviet republics and other foreign countries.
From Tajikistan, the meeting was attended by Zarobiddin Faizullayev, Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan, Azim Ibrohim, Head of the Main Department of Geology in the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Hushnud Ikromov, Authorized Representative of the Ministry of Energy and Industry of Tajikistan in Russia.