Ashgabat conducts aerospace ground surveillance

Oil&Gas Materials 26 January 2012 12:45 (UTC +04:00)
A special department of aerospace research is operating under the Turkmen Geological Prospecting Expedition

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Jan. 26 / Trend H. Hasanov /

A special department of aerospace research is operating under the Turkmen Geological Prospecting Expedition. It deals with the interpretation of satellite images in Turkmenistan, including the national sector of the Caspian Sea, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported.

The main areas of oil and gas production in the country are in the West Turkmen Plain, Central Kara-Kum, the South-East Turkmenistan and the Caspian Sea. The companies operate using organic resources. The Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea was examined with the help of aerospace photographs resulting in new deposits being found. The article says that exploration seismology, geophysics, exploratory drilling was used.

The study of images from space is one of the most effective modern assessment methods of natural resources. It allows geologists to define the conditions for the formation and development prospects of geological down drops (grabens) and uplifts (horsts) filled with a porous rock containing hydrocarbons."

By analysing the location of well-known deposits, the researchers proposed a number of other deposits.

The Bagadzhin swell is exclusively seen on space photographs. It contains a series of fields already discovered and those under development - Bagadzha, Malay, and Gazli. Other oil and gas fields have been discovered all over the country with new one being opened annually.
A special department of aerospace research is exploring the geological and ecological aspects of the environment's ecosystem. Observing agriculture, forestation, water and land resources and conducting environmental monitoring of environmental and water-related areas, even landscape changes of one specific area can be seen within a certain period from space.

These studies are important for geological, hydrological and geophysical projects and enable engineering and geological activity to be successful. This trend will be enhanced with new opportunities in the future.

At this stage, the French firm Thales International is building the satellite at Turkmenistan's request. According to Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's decree, a new national space agency is being created.