Gazprom aims to produce first gas in Tajikistan by year’s end

 

Gazprom has drilled 85% of the planned depth at a prospective gas well in Tajikistan and plans to receive its first gas at the end of 2012, the company’s Tajik office said in a statement on Monday.

 

Gazprom has drilled 85% of the planned depth at a prospective gas well in Tajikistan and plans to receive its first gas at the end of 2012, the company’s Tajik office said in a statement on Monday.

“At the Shakhrinav 1p well, 5,360 m of a planned 6,300 m has been drilled. Drilling at the potential well should be completed at the end of December 2012,” the statement said.

Drilling at the Shakhrinav 1p well started in December 2010.

“A hydrocarbon trap connected to deposits from the Palaeogenic and Cretaceous periods was uncovered by Soviet geologists, but it still has not been drilled out; the Shakhrinav 1p well will allow for estimates of prospective similar layers and parametric data, which will be used in the exploration of similar fields such as the West Shokhambary section,” Gazprom International said.

The company previously said geological exploration will start at the company’s second gas field in Tajikistan, West Shokhambary, by the end of 2012.

The Shakhrinav 1p well is located in the Sarikamysh field. The field’s preliminary gas reserves have been estimated at 18 billion cubic metres.

The West Shokhambary field covers 24,700 hectares and is located in the Gissar district, which is 20 km west of Tajikistan’s capital city Dushanbe.

Tajikistan is almost entirely dependent on imports of gas and petroleum products since domestic production is low. In addition to Gazprom’s subsidiaries, Canada’s Tethys Petroleum is also developing gas fields in Tajikistan.