A consortium, consisting of TPAO, Dragon Oil and Ghazanfar Investment, has obtained the search and production rights in the license areas in Mezar-ı Şerif by bidding on the oil exploration and production tender for the Afghan-Tajik basin on 12 November 2012. Exploration and production sharing agreements were signed with the Afghanistan Mining and Petroleum Ministry on October 8, 2013.
The tender processes for seismic and drilling works were carried out within TPAO, which is an operator in both fields, and the result of the tender for seismic operations was published in October 2018. On September 9, 2019, seismic data collection process was completed. In light of the interpretation, a drilling tender was held for a 5500 m well in Sandiqli Block.
TPAO is represented in Afghanistan by its subsidiary, TP Afghanistan Ltd (TPAL). 1200 km long 2D seismic data collection and a 5500 meter exploration well drilling were planned for a period between 2018 and 2020. In this context, a total investment of 60 million USD is envisaged.