On 21 October, Gazprom's Project Operator for the exploration and prospecting of hydrocarbons in the Republic of Tadjikistan - Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz - completed the first stage of geological exploration in the oil and gas prospect of Sarikamysh in the Shakhrinavsky region of the Republic.
At present, seismic survey work has been completed over an area of 125 square kilometres. The data obtained during the seismic survey continues to be processed at the Contractor's Computer Centre - the open joint-stock company Saratovneftegeofizika.
"The seismic material which has been obtained is of a high quality, despite difficult surface conditions", said Igor Shatalov, Deputy Director for production at Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz's representation in the Republic of Tadjikistan. "Preliminary structural imaging of the field confirms the presence of the objective. This indicates that the Sarikamysh area is really promising.
Field exploration work over an area of 175 square kilometres is starting from 24 October on the Sarikamysh field. After this, processing and comprehensive interpretation of the seismic and gravimetric data will be carried out, and this will form the basis for a recommendation for the drilling of the first exploratory well.
At the same time, work on the next licensed area will commence, which is at the Sargazon field, in the Dangarinsky district of the Khatlonsky region.
"The relocation of the seismic group will begin within the next few days. We hope to begin field seismic exploration work over an area of 213 square kilometres early in November", said Mr. Shatalov.
By and large, Gazprom's project for hydrocarbon exploration and prospecting in the Republic of Tadjikistan is being put into effect within the context of the agreement plan. The first results obtained have been given high appraisal by specialists, which gives hope that deposits in the oil and gas prospect fields of the Republic of Tadjikistan can be opened.
Field exploration work in the Sarikamysh field was begun on 24 June 2009 and is being carried out by the contracting organisation Saratovneftegeofizika.
Advanced 3D seisimic survey technology is being used for the first time in Tadjikistan.
The conditions under which Gazprom is working in Tadjikistan have been assessed to be supersophisticated. The research objectives are located at a depth of up to 7 kilometres.
According to preliminary theoretical data and if a deposit is discovered, the expected gas reserves in the 4 licensed fields, which are being developed by Gazprom's operator, Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz, could amount to a total of 70-80 billion cubic metres of natural gas. This enables Tajikistan's domestic demands to be met in full and would lead the country out of fuel dependency. However, more accurate information concerning the reserves could be obtained, as only the fields have been explored in full.
Over a period of 5 years, the company is planning to carry out geological exploration in the Sarikamysh, Sargazon, Rengan and West Shokhambar fields.
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