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Gazprom expands energy ties with Tajikistan

19th September 2013

Meetings between Gazprom delegation and government of Tajikistan lead to agreements on future and present energy deals

The Shakhrinav-1P drilling project
Gazprom’s licenses to explore for oil and natural gas in the Western Shaambary and Sarykamysh areas have been extended for a period of 5 years.

Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Wednesday it has had successful talks with the Tajikistan government to further its exploration activities in the country and strengthen interaction in the energy sector.

 

A Gazprom delegation paid a visit to the country which enabled Alexey Miller, chairman of the company’s management committee and Tajikistan president Emomali Rachmon to reach several energy agreements.

 

Gazprom’s licenses to explore for oil and natural gas in the Western Shaambary and Sarykamysh areas have been extended for a period of 5 years.

 

Both parties also agreed that the Russian gas giant would be handed new licences to future prospects in Tajikistan.

Gazprom has already completed drilling of the ultra-deep well Shakhrinav-1P in the Shakhrinav district, which they started in December 2010, and have begun launching testing operations.

 

The agreements between Gazprom and Tajikistan started with the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation signed in May 2003, which runs until 2028 and the Agreement on Common Principles, signed in June 2010. Both of these deals allow for subsurface exploration by Gazprom in the country.

 

Other BRIC countries are eyeing energy projects in Tajikistan. China recently signed a deal for a pipeline to run through the country from neighbouring Turkmenistan.