Moscow, December 29 - Neftegaz.RU. Gazprom Neft and Spain Repsol have established a joint venture to undertake geological exploration in the Karabashsky zone of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra.
The partners have jointly acquired a 100% interest in ASB Geo, which holds the exploration license for the Karabashsky 10 block in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. Pursuant to the Shareholders’ Agreement, the company is to be managed on a partnership basis.
The Karabashsky 10 license block, located in the Kondinsky district in the south-east of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, is in the early stages of geological prospecting. It is adjacent to license blocks in the Karabashsky zone, the rights to various of which are already held by another Gazprom Neft - Repsol joint venture, Evrotek-Yugra.
The partners plan to begin geological prospecting works, using 2D seismic, in 2019. With a professional team and all the necessary skills and competencies in exploration, the operator on this project will be Evrotek-Yugra.
Vadim Yakovlev, 1st Deputy CEO, Gazprom Neft, commented: «The acquisition of a new license block in the Karabashsky zone marks a further step forward in developing our partnership with Repsol under the previously concluded Memorandum of Cooperation determining the basis for cooperation in investigating license blocks adjacent to Evrotek-Yugra assets. Combining Gazprom Neft’s and Repsol’s competencies, experience and resources is intended to improve efficiency in activities directed at revealing the resource potential of this under-investigated part of the south-east of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.»