The Government of Uzbekistan has appointed Alisher Sultanov as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of the national holding company Uzbekneftegaz, reports the holding’s press service.
Sultanov replaces Shokir Fayzullaev, who had headed up NHC Uzbekneftegaz from 2010 until being appointed as Uzbekistan’s Deputy Minister for Economic Modernisation, Industrial Development and Industrial Infrastructure.
Alisher Sultanov (b. 1967) earlier served as Uzbekneftegaz’s First Deputy Director and head of the company’s Chief Directorate for Forecasting, Resources and Investment Programmes. He served as the Director of the Shurtan Gas-Chemical Complex (Shurtan GCC) from 2002 through 2013. Prior to taking up that post, he was Shurtan GCC’s head of construction from 1999 through 2002.
In 1998-1999, A. Sultanov worked as the chief specialist in the oversight group for the inspection and procurement of devices and equipment, and for accepting project documents for the construction of the Shurtan GCC. In 1998, he worked as the chief specialist for managing the implementation of contracts of association for Uzvneshneftegaz’s foreign economic relations, and in 1996-1998, as the chief specialist for monitoring the preparation and reception of devices and equipment for implementing the contract for the construction of Uzneftepererabotka’s Bukhara Oil Refinery. He graduated from the Mozhaisky Military Engineering Institute in Leningrad in 1987 with a specialisation in mechanical engineering. He served in the Soviet Union’s Armed Forces until 1991.
NHC Uzbekneftegaz is Gazprom International’s partner in a number of geological exploration projects in Uzbekistan.
The national holding company Uzbekneftegaz is a vertically integrated company that includes six subsidiary enterprises. According to its website, the holding has the capacity to produce approximately 60-70 billion cubic metres of natural gas and 8 million tonnes of liquid hydrocarbons per year, making Uzbekneftegaz the 11th-leading company in the world in terms of the production of natural gas.
There are more than 200 hydrocarbon deposits in Uzbekistan. Each year, 63-65 billion cubic metres of gas is produced, 50 billion of which is consumed domestically and about 13 billion of which is exported, primarily to Russia and China.
Gazprom International, Gazprom’s specialised company for the prospecting, exploration, and development of hydrocarbon deposits outside the Russian Federation, has been cooperating with the Republic of Uzbekistan as a foreign investor since 2002. Within the framework of their 2004 Production Sharing Agreement, the operator, Gazprom International, has been conducting construction and upgrading works at the Shakhpakhty field in Karakalpakstan. Since 2004, more than 3 billion cubic metres of natural gas has been produced there.
In 2012, Gazprom International completed its phased programme of geological exploration works on the Ustyurt region investment blocks, which resulted in the discovery of the Dzhel gas field in 2009.
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