Petronas, Uzbekistan Govt. Sign PSA and GTL Agreements

Petronas has signed a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) for a group of fields and a Heads of Agreement (HOA) for a gas-to-liquid (GTL) project in Uzbekistan, making further inroads into the Uzbek oil and gas industry.

Through wholly-owned subsidiary PETRONAS Carigali Overseas Sdn Bhd (PCOSB), PETRONAS signed the PSA with the Government of Uzbekistan for the Urga, Kuanish and Akhchalak fields, which are located in the Uzbek northern region of Ustyurt.

Under the PSA, PCOSB holds 100% interest for the development and production of the fields.

The HOA for the proposed GTL project was signed between PETRONAS and Uzbekneftegaz National Holding Company (UNG), the Uzbek national oil company. The HOA calls for PETRONAS to undertake detailed feasibility studies for the development of the proposed project.

The agreements for the two projects will enhance PETRONAS' presence in the Uzbek oil and gas sector. PCOSB is already actively involved in a number of exploration blocks in Uzbekistan, including the Aral Sea Exploration Block, the Surkhansi Exploration Block and the Baisun Investment Block.

Apart from these upstream projects, PETRONAS is also currently undertaking joint studies with UNG for cooperation in the development of downstream petrochemical projects in Uzbekistan.