It was announced that the closed North Sokh underground gas storage facility with a volume of 2.5-3 billion cubic meters will be restarted. The main gas storage part of the facility is in Kyrgyzstan, and the compressors are in Uzbekistan. Negotiations will be conducted regarding the general use of the facility.
The Northern Sokh underground gas storage facility may be restarted. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev informed about this at the meeting held in Andijan on February 1.
“Unfortunately, the underground gas storage facility in Sokh was closed due to some reasons. We also agreed on this issue with Sadyr Japarov during my state visit to Kyrgyzstan. Recently, our energy minister will go to Kyrgyzstan and agree on the technical aspects,” the President said.
According to UzA reporter, the Minister of Energy Jurabek Mirzamakhmudov commented on this issue.
“The volume of the Northern Sokh underground gas storage facility is approximately 2.5-3 billion cubic meters. Of this, 1.3 billion cubic meters of gas can be used, and the rest will be in the buffer zone. This means that we will be able to supply the Valley with 13 million cubic meters of gas every day during the winter season.
The main gas storage part of this facility is located on the territory of Kyrgyzstan, and the compressors are located on the territory of Uzbekistan. For this reason, negotiations are conducted on the general use of the facility. First of all, the working group will study in detail all technical and economic aspects. Because the facility has not been used for many years, we need to thoroughly study its current condition. After that, the terms will be agreed upon. Maybe it will be on the basis of the right to rent, but it is too early to say something at the moment,” the Minister of Energy said.