Gazprom International, OJSC Gazprom's single operator for foreign projects in the field of prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits, has completed a licence application to continue geological exploration work within the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. In addition to this, an updated phased programme for a geological survey of the subsoil in two prospective oil-and-gas fields - Kugart and East Maylisu IV field - was signed and confirmed with the Kyrgyz side.
Preparatory measures are currently being carried out under this programme.
According to the conditions of the licence application, a set of geophysical studies is planned to be conducted over a year at the contract fields. 2-D seismic exploration will be carried out at the Kugart field over a distance of 450 linear kilometres and gravity measurements over an area of 523 km2. 2-D seismic exploration is planned for the East Maylisu IV Field over a distance of 50 linear kilometres and gravity measurements over an area of 44 km2. In addition, reprocessing and reworking operations will be carried out on the seismic materials obtained earlier.
Licences for the right to use the subsoil in two prospective fields – Kugart and the East Maylisu IV Field - were issued to Gazprom International in 2008. In 2010, because of the worsening of the political situation in Kyrgyzstan, geological exploration work here was suspended.
The prospective site of Kugart is located 10km north-east of the city of Jalalabad. Its area is around 60 km². It is expected that the main potentially productive horizons here lie at depths from 1000 to 2800 m.
The East Maylisu IV field (or Sharkaratma) prospective site is located 15 km to the east of the city of Mayli-Say and has an area of around 20 km². Its main potentially productive horizons are located at depths of up to 800 m.
In 2003, OJSC Gazprom and the government of the Kyrgyz Republic signed an Agreement on collaboration in the gas sector for a 25-year term, which particularly provides for the development of hydrocarbon deposits within Kyrgyzstan, the reconstruction, building and operation of the main gas pipelines and other infrastructure objects within the country's gas complex, and the transport and supply of gas through the implementation of joint projects.
Cooperation between Gazprom International and the Kyrgyz Republic has been built on the basis of an Agreement on the general principles for conducting a geological study of the subsoil in Kyrgyzstan's prospective oil and gas fields in 2007.