According to Uzbekistan’s Statistics Agency, over the eleven months of 2023 to December, Uzbekistan reduced natural gas production by more than 4.5 billion cubic meters compared to the same period last year. From January-November, 42.7 billion cubic meters of gas was produced, compared to 47.3 billion cubic meters in 2022. Official statistics also recorded a decrease in the country’s oil production by 12,000 tons from January-November.
In recent years, Uzbekistan’s natural gas industry has experienced problems due to the depletion of reserves at existing fields. This year, Uzbekistan started importing natural gas from Russia through Kazakhstan.
A government meeting chaired by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev earlier this month focused on maintaining natural gas production volumes at existing fields and discovering new reserves. The meeting considered ways of transitioning to geological drilling at a depth of 6-7 kilometers using advanced technologies. It was stated at the meeting that in recent years, the depth of geological exploration has been increased from 2-3 kilometers to 4-5 kilometers. In 2024, it is planned to carry out seismic work on an area of 3.5 thousand square kilometers and drill new exploration wells.