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ENI will start drilling for oil, gas reserves in Pakistani waters from Friday

January 10, 2019

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A vessel of Italian oil-giant ENI will start drilling tomorrow (Friday) to search for reserves of oil and gas in Pakistan’s territorial waters.

The oil giant has anchored its mother vessel 230 kilometres into Pakistan’s aquatic territory to find the reserves. Three more ships will also be anchored to facilitate the drilling.

According to a survey, large reserves of oil and gas are expected to be found in the country. The Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDC), Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), ENI and ExxonMobil have planned to begin drilling of the first exploratory well Kekra-1 in offshore Indus G-Block, OGDCL Managing Director Zahid Mir said.

He said an investment of $70 million had been earmarked for the project, which would be contributed equally by the joint venture partners.

“The block has very high prospects, and the Kekra-I exploratory well has strategic importance for the region as we are expecting multi-billion cubic feet of gas flows from the block,” Mir said.

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Based on surveys and prospect reports, the OGDCL chief believes the discovery could be even larger than that of Sui. “If a success, this would be a game changer for the country as well as the entire region,” he added.

According to analysts, the joint venture in Indus G block is mainly targeting carbonate play as a possible hydrocarbon bearing reservoir. The management is optimistic about ExxonMobil’s entry in Pakistan as it brings with it vast experience of deep and ultra-deep water drilling.

Analysts believe, even if commercially viable discovery is made, commencement of production may take several years depending upon the availability/setting up of necessary infrastructure.

Pakistan’s oil and gas sector witnessed a major development recently when the world’s largest energy company ExxonMobil acquired 25% stake in Pakistan’s offshore Indus G block. This development could be seen as a major breakthrough as it might lead other international energy firms to bring foreign investment in Pakistan’s energy sector. Pakistan imports oil worth $14 billion every year.

An earlier version of this story stated that the drilling was being done exclusively by ExxonMobil. The error is regretted and the story has been updated to reflect the change.



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    Dr navid   January 11, 2019 12:35 am/ Reply

    Very great news for us well come Exxon from our deep heart well wishes for you

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    Asif   January 12, 2019 7:53 pm/ Reply


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    MrNasir   January 12, 2019 10:16 pm/ Reply

    best of luck

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    Rana   January 13, 2019 1:36 am/ Reply

    IMRAN charity theif

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      Choor buster   March 22, 2019 10:14 am/ Reply

      What about Nawaz Sharif and Zardari

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        Umar Munir   March 28, 2019 1:15 pm/ Reply

        Don’t say Nawaz and Zardari in the same sentence. That is Imran Khan’s narrative and this is what he wants you to think. Nawaz is better than both.

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    Imran Haydar   January 14, 2019 5:22 pm/ Reply

    Good at least stated … of luck investors as well Pakistan

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    M.Shafiq   January 16, 2019 10:00 pm/ Reply

    The future is brigh the future is Pakistan InShaAllah.
    These Energy giants are not stupid to invest so heavily, they have seen the opportunities.

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    Fayyaz Rubbani   January 17, 2019 2:27 pm/ Reply

    Nice to hear that , Exxon Mobil has drilling for Oil Reserve in Pakistan.
    This all happening , Because the great leader has come after a long time in pakis IMRAN Khan ll the credit goes to Imran khan.

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    Ghulam Hyder   January 19, 2019 2:08 am/ Reply

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    Sufi   January 29, 2019 6:55 pm/ Reply

    Please pray for Pakistan so that it becomes self sufficient in energy.

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    suhail iqbal khalili   February 6, 2019 11:18 pm/ Reply

    Such startling revelations evaporate in thin air after sometimes. I wish and pray they are true.

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    Anonymous   February 9, 2019 4:46 pm/ Reply

    insha’Allah it will be the game changer for Pakistan’s economy..

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    M. Farooq Rehmani.   February 12, 2019 1:50 pm/ Reply

    Definitely, game changing time is not so far, this drilling for oil reserves will further fortify the CPEC giant program. Insh’Allah, Pakistan will be in a leading states of the world.

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    justifed   March 6, 2019 8:51 pm/ Reply


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    Shahzad Farooq   March 11, 2019 9:22 pm/ Reply

    Allah may Shower his blessings on Pakistan. Ameen

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    Jamil Durrani   March 25, 2019 1:00 am/ Reply

    I was always optimistic that Pakistan off-shores has great potential for oil and gas reserves, as in close proximity quite a number of ocean depth indicates the bulging plates of sedimentation which are considered oil and gas bearing formations
    As of now since a huge oil exploration taint MOBIL & ENI are undertaking this explorations, thus inshallah, in next 4-6 months we will definitely get good news.
    Way back in 2004, there were reports of sedimentation images from satellite, but Japan refused to offer its sonic engaging boat to survey this potential prospects and the western oil groups were reluctant due to aftermath of 9/11 and Taliban activities in Afghanistan. So lets hope foe better future for Pakistan.

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    Musawar   March 26, 2019 4:19 pm/ Reply

    The future is bright and I hope to live long enough to see Pakistan as developed as UAE. India drop the enmity and hatred and try to be good neighbors.

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    Anonymous I   March 26, 2019 10:27 pm/ Reply

    Indeed cherished breaking news which the young generation at least never had a chance to hear a good news of such an immense weightage. Current Embezzlements in the Energy Sector warrant a big caution that such a notorious does not creep into this prodigious stuff. Thanks Almgthty Allah for this treasure of an immense value., God Bless Pakistan.

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    Hassan Cheema   March 27, 2019 3:48 pm/ Reply

    Thanks to Allah Almighty for this news. May our land become prosperous with happiness everywhere Amin

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    Adnan Bashir   March 28, 2019 9:26 am/ Reply

    Great News indeed

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    Mrs Tahira A Khan   March 28, 2019 5:57 pm/ Reply

    Positively yes all will be in the interest of clear , clean , minded people…
    So as a national of this beautiful , problem ridden nation of mine I feel very strongly and have faith in the long term improvement… Inshallah..

    No body has a magic wand though

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    Khalid Mahmood Khan   April 10, 2019 4:39 pm/ Reply

    InshaAllah, we shall discover oil/gas reservoir. There are bright chances as appears from geologic structure..Chemical Engineer, working in a gas fields.

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    Khalid Mahmood Khan   April 10, 2019 4:41 pm/ Reply

    We shall find Inshaallah,,,as appears from geologic structure..

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    Samra aslam   April 11, 2019 4:26 pm/ Reply

    Very happy after read this good news

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    Mian J, Tariq   April 15, 2019 10:59 pm/ Reply

    Hope all these good news about finding new oil deposits in Pakistan waters is true. Can somebody tell us the real facts about these off shore discoveries. How much more time will be required to announce these hydrocarbon deposits? Hope it will not end up in the hands of a few corrupt politicians. I have a strong faith about Mr. Imran Khan PM honesty, and integrity.

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