On 7 February Tajikistan’s Prime Minister Akil Akilov was host to Vsevolod Cherepanov (board member and Head of OAO Gazprom’s Gas, Gas Condensate and Oil Production Department) and Valery Gulev (Managing Director of Gazprom International, which implements Gazprom Group’s overseas projects). The two men were visiting Tajikistan on a business trip.
The meeting was held to discuss the current status and outlook of Gazprom’s hydrocarbon exploration and prospecting programme in Tajikistan.
Negotiations covered the progress of exploratory drilling work for the first prospecting well, Shakhrinav‑1p, in the licensed area of Sarykamysh in the country’s Shakhrinav District.
They also addressed the cost-effectiveness of continued gravity surveying work in the areas of Rengan and Sargazon, and it was observed that all studies required according to the licensing conditions had been performed in these areas. The work conducted has shown that although Rengan and Sargazon still have untapped resources in theory, it is currently not commercially expedient to develop them, due to the complex mountainous geological conditions. The Russian party to the negotiations proposed that Gazprom be granted new licences for other promising areas in Tajikistan.
The possibility of tax breaks for Gazprom during the geological exploration stage was also discussed, as this type of work requires large amounts of capital and entails high risks.
For his part, the Prime Minister highlighted Gazprom’s considerable investment in Tajikistan’s economy and promised to examine in detail all the issues raised during the meeting. He also expressed a wish to increase the pace of drilling at Shakhrinav‑1p and to begin seismic field surveying in Zapadny Shaambary.
Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and OAO Gazprom is governed by the 2008 Agreement on the Principles for Geological Exploration of Subsurface Resources in Tajikistan’s Oil-and-Gas Prospects (Rengan, Sargazon, Sarykamysh and Zapadny Shaambary).