Mid Stream specialist International -Individual consultant

Publish Date: Jan 06, 2019

Closing Date: Jan 20, 2019

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(Individual Consultant - INDV)

Country:                                 Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Name of Project:                   Afghanistan Extractives for Development – AE4D

Grant/Loan Credit No.:            TF-A4809

Project ID:                                 P-159402

Assignment Title:                    Mid Stream specialist International -Individual consultant

Duration of Assignment:       Twelve (12) Months

Implementing Agency:          Ministry of Mines & Petroleum - MoMP

Duty Station:                           Kabul/Afghanistan

Contract Type:                        Time Based

Reference No.:                       MOMP/CS/008-INDV-1397

Closing Date:                           20/01/2019

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 sustainan 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.

In recent years, Government has increased its’ commitment to developing domestic natural gas reserves as well as improving the environment for gas transport, specifically relevant to the Mazar-Sheberghan Gas Pipeline, the Installation and Commissioning of Amine Plant, and the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline. A commitment to the construction of Afghanistan’s first gas-fired power generated plant is also ongoing through Independent Power Plant (IPP) projects. In order to build on these increased technical developments and to achieve the sound development of Afghanistan’s midstream sector, MOMP seeks a Consultant to assist in developing the midstream sector.

2.Assignment Objective 

The objective of the assignment is to provide the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MOMP) and Afghan Gas Enterprise (AGE) with the expert technical advice to develop the processing and transportation capacity of the AGE.

3.Scope of Work

Below is the outline of activities to be undertaken by the Midstream Specialist.

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

  1. Provide expert guidance and technical expertise to MOMP and AGE in all oil &gas pipeline and mid-stream infrastructure-related development across the country.
  2. Assist the MOMP and AGE in developing Terms of Reference and Requests for Proposal for oil &gas midstream projects.
  3. Develop TORs and Requests for Proposal for operation and maintenance services for existing gas midstream infrastructure.
  4. Develop the Statement of Work for the construction new pipelines and other mid-stream facilities. Specifically, develop a Statement of Work for the rehabilitation of the existing Sheberghan-Mazar gas pipeline. (are we talking of the old pipeline or the partially constructed new pipeline)
  5. Work closely with the Amine Plant Automation Specialist and Senior Technologists in optimizing the operation of the existing amine plant.
  6. Assist MOMP leadership and staff on TAPI related activities and business and financial planning models related to pipeline access on a commercial basis and the integration of TAPI into other midstream projects being developed in Afghanistan. 

4. Expected Outputs and Deliverables

   The main key deliverable of the assignment is:

The Midstream 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 midstream gas infrastructure. Extensive and thorough work was already conducted by UNICON (reports to be forwarded). In any case, a review and update on the available reports might be justified.
  2. Develop a roadmap for the development of the midstream processing facilities.
  3. Develop a training plan to build AGE midstream technical capacity.

5.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

6.Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering (or comparable engineering degree) from an internationally accredited university. .



  • At least 10 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, preferably as a petroleum engineer, with extensive hands on experience in gas pipeline and gas processing facilities construction, operation and maintenance outside Afghanistan or in the capacity of International in Afghanistan. .
  • Detailed knowledge of international oil industry standards.
  • Detailed understanding of health, safety and environmental standards in the oil and gas sector.
  • Work experience developing, reviewing, analyzing, and approving midstream projects and production of oil and gas.


  • Strong analytical skills and report writing skills
  • Understanding and knowledge of Midstream
  • 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
  • Knowledge of Pashto/dari will be prefered

7.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 Midstream 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

9.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

10.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.

Submission Email

procurement@momp.gov.af , ahmad.khalid@yahoo.com ,abdulsattar@momp.gov.af