On 19 August 2008, Dushanbe was the venue for a geological and technical conference dedicated to the fulfilment of the agreement concerning the main principles for the geological study of underground resources in potential oil-and-gas-bearing areas in Tajikistan. The conference was organised by ZAO Zarubezhneftegaz (a subsidiary of OAO Gazprom), which is the operator for the project.
Managers and specialists from OAO Gazprom, ZAO Zarubezhneftegaz, OAO Saratovneftegeofizika, OOO VolgoUralNIPIGaz and OOO VNIIGAZ participated in the conference.
The conference participants presented the feasibility study and staged programme of geological surveys in the licensed areas for representatives of the President’s Executive Apparat, the Ministry of Energy and Industry, the Ministry of Economics and trade, the Managing Committee for Geology with the Tajik Government, GUP Naftugaz Va Angysht, and NIPI Nurofar.
It was remarked at the conference that despite the high geological and economic risks, the feasibility study compiled and the staged programme had been examined and approved at the sitting of the Gas Industry Commission for Development of Deposits and Exploitation of Underground Resources, and OAO Gazprom’s Central Committee for Underground Exploitation and Licence Movement Management.
The conference also addressed the questions of increasing the efficiency of seismic surveys for oil and gas in the complex seismic and geological conditions of Tajikistan, the scientific experience of the projects to drill super-deep prospecting boreholes in such geological mining conditions, the experiment in providing ecological accompaniment for geological surveys, and the areas covered by geological surveys for oil and gas in Northern Tajikistan.
During the GEW the project operator will draw on the experience obtained from the experimental works in the Sargazon area in 2007. The works conducted showed that to obtain reliable information on the structure of the underground Jurassic deposits, the technology and methods used in the seismic surveys at the modern technical base need to be revised.
The Russian-Tajik joint gas industry venture is regulated by the inter-governmental agreement “concerning the joint strategic venture in the gas industry” dated 15 May 2003.
Licences to conduct geological studies of the potential oil-and-gas-bearing Sargazon and Rengan areas, whose forecast hydrocarbon resources are assessed at 30 bcm and 35 bcm respectively, were issued to OAO Gazprom on 13 December 2006.
In June 2008, amongst much ceremony, Gazprom and the Government of the republic signed an agreement concerning the main principles for conducting geological studies of underground resources in areas of oil and gas potential in Tajikistan.
OAO Gazprom’s operator for the project in Tajik territory is ZAO Zarubezhneftegaz. In April 2007, ZAO Zarubezhneftegaz carried out experimental seismic surveys in the Sargazon area using the lead regime.
In the next 5 years, OAO Gazprom is planning to conduct geological surveys in the Rengan, Sargazon, Sarykamysh and West Shaambary areas.
ZAO Zarubezhneftegaz is a 100% subsidiary of OAO Gazprom, and an operator for Gazprom’s foreign investment projects in the Middle and Near East, Latin America, South-East Asia and Africa, and in the former Soviet republics.
The company’s main activity areas are: carrying out searches and geological surveys on dry land and on the continental shelf; developing and structuring deposits; reconstructing gas transportation systems; extending the capacity of underground gas reservoirs; transporting and processing hydrocarbons; and planning and constructing transport pipelines and structures and oil-refining plants.
The company is currently realising a series of projects abroad, in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, India and other countries.