The production sharing agreement on the project was signed between Lukoil and Uzbekneftegaz on 16 June 2004 in Tashkent in the presence of the presidents of Russia and Uzbekistan. The agreement came into force on 24 November 2004 and will be in force until 2039. Output is to be shared on a fifty-fifty basis.
On 8 September 2005, the agreement on creating a consortium comprising Uzbekneftegaz, Lukoil, Petronas, Korea National Oil Corporation and China National Petroleum Corporation was signed in Tashkent. However, this agreement is not implemented.
In March 2012, Lukoil signed a deal with a consortium of banks for a loan of up to US$500 million for the development.
Confirmed geological reserves of natural gas in the project area amount to 329 billion cubic metres (11.6 trillion cubic feet). It is expected that the project will produce 207 billion cubic metres (7.3 trillion cubic feet) of gas over its lifetime with maximum annual output of 11 billion cubic metres (390 billion cubic feet), expected to reach by 2013. Lukoil is aiming for peak gas production at Kandym-Khauzak-Shady of around 47 million barrels per year (7.5×106 m3/a) of oil equivalent in 2018.
The project comprises a gas processing plant, plans for drilling more than 170 production wells and construction of 1,500 kilometres (930 mi) of pipelines. In addition, the project foresees construction of two compressor plants, gas gathering stations, shift camps, high-voltage power transmission lines and a separate 1,400 kilometres (870 mi) long railroad track, motorways and access roads.
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