ZUG, Switzerland, March 22 (UPI) -- Swiss energy company Zeromax announced two natural gas discoveries that are locked in limestone in energy-rich Uzbekistan.
Zeromax said it encountered "commercial gas" from two limestone deposits in Uzbekistan.
The Swiss company said it discovered one deposit of natural gas in central Uzbekistan at a depth of more than 10,000 feet. Gas flow there tested at a rate of 14 million cubic feet per day.
A second discovery was found in limestone at a depth of 12,500 feet and tested at a rate of 3.5 million cubic feet per day.
Zeromax said the results from the limestone plays confirm the discovery of new hydrocarbon fields in Uzbekistan.
"Specialists working on both ventures are going to lay a certain number of the new boreholes, which will enable them to make a detailed estimation of the amount of hydrocarbons reserves that can be recovered," the company said.
Uzbekistan is ranked 11th in the world in terms of global gas producers as listed by the U.S. Energy Information Agency.