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OGRA discovers gas in Sindh’s Ghotki

The development comes as Pakistan struggles with massive power load-shedding due to gas shortage.

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The Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) on Wednesday said it had discovered gas at an exploratory well located in Ghotki, Sindh.

In a notice sent to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), OGDCL said, “The joint venture (JV) of Guddu Block comprising Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) as the operator (70%), SPUD Energy PTY Limited (SEPL) (13.5%), IPR Transoil Corporation (IPRTOC) (11.5%) and Government Holdings (Private) Limited (GHPL) (5%) has discovered Gas from an Exploratory well namely Umair South East # 01, which is located in District Ghotki, Sindh.”

OGDCL said the Umair South East # 01 well was spudded on May 9, 2022, as an exploratory well to test the hydrocarbon potential of Pirkoh Formation and Habib Rahi Limestone (HRL) to a planned depth of 785m into HRL.

“Based on the results of wireline logs interpretation, successful Drill Stem Test-1 in HRL has tested 1.063 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) gas through choke size 32/64″ at Well Head Flowing Pressure (WHFP) of 210 Pounds per Square Inch (PSi).”

The company said that the discovery of Umair South East-1 resulted from an aggressive exploration strategy adopted by Guddu Joint Venture Partners.

“It has opened a new avenue and will positively contribute to mitigating energy demand and supply gap from indigenous resources and will add to the hydrocarbon reserves base of OGDCL and the country,” it said.

This development comes at a time when Pakistan is struggling with massive power load-shedding crippled by the gas shortage.

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Earlier in June, Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) discovered gas/condensate at Bannu West-1 ST-1 Exploration Well drilled in Bannu West Block, located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district.