Gas Specialist (International)

Publish Date: Jan 16, 2019

Closing Date: Feb 09, 2019

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Individual Consultant

1.Assignment Information

Assignment Title:

Gas Specialist (International)

Functional Area:



Afghanistan Extractive for Development(AE4D)

Reference No:


Contract Type:

Individual Contractor (IC)

Duty Station:


Recruitment type:


Contract Duration:


Salary Range:

As per company salary scale

Date Posted:


Closing date:



2.Project Description/Background

 The development of Afghanistan’s hydrocarbon resources has been identified as a critical link for securing long-term energy security, economic growth, diversification and stability for the country. The development of indigenous gas resources offers immediate opportunities for increased energy access and security, especially in reinforcing the deployment of variable, intermittent renewable energy. Hydrocarbons meet a longer-term goal to increase Afghanistan’s integration into regional (Central/South Asia) development initiatives, including projects such as the TAPI (Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India) Pipeline. Since 2002 the MoMP has made repeated attempts to establish and sustain an enabling environment for private/commercial sector investment, targeting further exploration and development of previously producing fields. Internationally, bid rounds confirmed investor interest, but unaddressed impediments to investment across the full gas value-chain remain. After a decade of efforts, Afghanistan has yet to demonstrate a fully integrated “proof of concept” investment, developing and delivering gas to credit worthy customers.

Available Hydrocarbon Resources. Afghanistan’s hydrocarbon potential extends well beyond the limited exploratory and development work carried out to date on the Amu Darya prospects in the north. The country presents five major and one minor sedimentary basins, all of which are substantially underexplored. Exploration activities have so far been largely confined to northern Afghanistan within the Amu Darya and Afghan-Tajik basins. Limited exploration in the Tirpul basin (Herat Province) confirmed the presence of hydrocarbon resources while the Katawaz and Helmand basins have no reported shows, likely owing to negligible or no exploratory work. The Kushka Basin, also still largely unexplored, constitutes an extension of the highly prolific Amu Darya, home to giant and super giant fields in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, including Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh field, one of the largest in the world. The absence of sufficiently comprehensive geological and geophysical data has contributed to hampering the GoA’s efforts to attract foreign capital for exploration and development.


Reserve assessment.More recently (July 2016), an assessment of existing field production data and contingent resources for the known gas fields was conducted under USAID’s Sheberghan Gas Development Program (SGDP). McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd. was subcontracted to appraise all existing data and to prepare reserve estimates in accordance with the Petroleum Resource Management System (PRMS), the international standard for reserve evaluation. McDaniel conducted a resource assessment of seven fields (Jarquduq, Khoja Gogerdak, Yatimtaq, Khoja Bolan, Juma/Bashikurd and Shakarak); the company was unable to produce a report for the Jangalikolon and Chekhche fields due to lack of data.

McDaniel’s 2C or “best case” estimate of gas resources in the Sheberghan area (implying a 50% probability of recovery and roughly equivalent to Gustavson’s mean probabilistic estimate of 2005) indicate that after decades in production, remaining resources are approximately equivalent to 30% of those in Gustavson’s 2005 report and highlight the urgent need to stimulate exploratory activities in Afghanistan. McDaniel’s 1C, or “low case” estimate (implying at least a 90% probability of recovery) would be adequate to support a stable supply of natural gas at current production volumes and for proof of concept, gas-based power generation, subject, however, to substantial investments in field production, gathering and processing capacity.

USAID: McDaniel assessment

Contingent Resources







Khoja Gogerdak


Khoja Bolan


Jangali Kalan












In March 2009, the Ministry of Mines launched the First Afghan Hydrocarbon Bidding Round to initiate hydrocarbon exploration in northern Afghanistan. Three blocks with known oil and gas accumulations were offered. Although 8 companies pre-qualified for the round, only one bid was placed for one block, which was subsequently rejected by the evaluation committee. Two years later, in March 2011, The Ministry of Mines launched the Amu Darya Oil Tender licensing round. Under the round, 3 blocks with discovered oil and gas fields were offered for competitive bidding. The blocks offered were Zamarudsay, Bazarkhami and Kashkari.

Additional free acreage still exists in this basin, and there are also a certain number of known gas discoveries presently exploited by Afghan Gas; of these, the Yatimtaq and Jarquduq fields have seen rehabilitation activities financed by ADB. The Yatimtaq gas field is located approximately 18 kilometers east of the City of Sheberghan and covers an area of nine square kilometers. Geologically the field lies within the Amu Darya Basin which extends from the rich, gas-prone geological structures of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan into the northern part of the Afghanistan.

3.Assignment Objective 

The objective of the assignment is to provide the Government of Afghanistan and the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum with the expert technical advice to develop existing and prospective gas fields. Additionally, execute the necessary technical work necessary for attracting international investment for the development of known and prospective hydrocarbon discoveries in free acreage blocks presently exploited by AGE, including, specifically, the Yatimtaq gas field.

4.Scope of Work

Below is the outline of activities to be undertaken by the Gas Specialist (International)

The Gas Specialist (International) assignment requires the expert to develop necessary technical resources for the Government of Afghanistan and the Minister of Mines and Petroleum:

  1. The gas specialist must evaluate the gas reservoirs, estimate the reserves, and create reservoir models for each field. c/o Petroleum (general)
  2. Apply working knowledge of balanced production of gas and create production models for producing fields c/o Petroleum (general)
  3. Conduct the well tests, produce each field at its optimized rate, and provide recommendations on which locations the future wells should be drilled and rehabilitated. c/o Petroleum (general)
  4. Lead role in the completion requirements of future wells to be drilled, workover strategies, production methods, c/o Petroleum (general)
  5. Provide technical assistance on gas processing facilities and run the facilities at their optimized rates. c/o Petroleum (general)
  6. Work in coordination with the amine plant engineers to optimize. c/o Petroleum (general)
  7. Advise the Minister of Mines and Petroleum on technical and commercial matters pertaining gas development.
  8. Provide ongoing technical assistance capacity development work with GDP, particularly regarding gas wells, gas facilities and gas reservoirs.

5. Expected Outputs and Deliverables

The main key deliverable of the assignment is:

The Gas Specialist (International) is required to deliver the below-listed deliverables to the Government of Afghanistan and the Minister of Mines and Petroleum:

  1. Report and presentation on the assessment of the existing gas reserves. c/o Petroleum (general)
  2. Develop technical reports for the MOMP/GDP leadership.
  3. Develop technical data package for potential investors.
  4. Develop SOPs for maintain technical data in GDP. 

6.Length & Location of Assignment

The Consultant will be expected to work closely with formally designated MoMP in Kabul, Afghanistan. The duration of the contract will be 12-months with a potential of extension. 

7.Minimum Qualifications


University degree in Petroleum Engineering or related fields (master’s degree is strongly preferred).



  • Minimum of 10 years of related advisory work experience with gas wells and facilities, field operations, upstream gas development, or related functions.
  • Proficiency in upstream field operations
  • Proficiency in the assessment of oil & gas reservoirs
  • Works very independently, team oriented and has significant industry knowledge to build and improve process.
  • Ability to train and direct the work of others.
  • Excellent knowledge of technical issues related to well design, rig specifications, drilling, selection of tubing, casing, cementing, completion, re-entry, work over, and production.


  • Strong analytical skills and report writing skills
  • Understanding and knowledge of Gas
  • Ability to work under pressure, effectively coordinate research with the team and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality of work.
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of standard PC software packages (MS. Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.) is essential.

Language Requirement

  • Fluency in English


8.Conflict of Interest

The Consultant is required to disclose on any potential, actual, or perceived conflicts of interest arising out of other assignments or a conflicting involvement in other assignments.


 The Gas Specialist agrees to keep confidential all information that it receives, directly or indirectly, from the Afghan Government, its agencies or ministries, or any other source, as well as all reports, briefs and opinions prepared by the Consultant, or by third parties, on the basis of such information (collectively, the Material). The Advisor will use the Material exclusively for the purpose of preparing deliverables relevant to this assignment as requested by the Government of Afghanistan and/or the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum. The confidentiality obligations will not apply to information in the public domain

10.Application procedure:

Qualified and interested candidates are requested to submit the following documentations:

  1. Cover letter including a Brief Note stating why the candidate thinks s/he is the best candidate for the assignment,
  2. Personal CV with details of work experience relevant to the announced TOR, , submitting previous publications is an asset

11.Submission Guideline

The applicants should submit his/her resume with subject line stating the job title and vacancy no. no later than the closing date.

Note: Only application send to below address will be considered. Applications send to any other address even within the organization will not be considered.

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