OGDCL, PPL to explore shale gas, oil

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ISLAMABAD : Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) are finalizing a joint pilot project to drill shale gas and oil wells in various parts of the country, especially Balochistan, sources said on Monday.

The Sources said on Monday that preparations are in the final phase. The project draft will be submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources for approval,” official sources disclosed on Monday.

Initially, they said the companies would start exploration activities in the selected areas of Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the go ahead signal by the ministry.

Following identification of massive resources of shale gas and oil last year, they informed that OGDCL and PPL has been assigned the task to launch the project, which is aimed at tapping the natural fuel and asses its consequent price. Accordingly, both the companies are making arrangements to execute the project at the earliest, they added.

A study, completed in cooperation with USAID in 2015, has confirmed the presence of 10,159 trillion cubic feet (TCF) shale gas and 2,323 billions of stock tank barrels (BSTB) shale oil in place resources. They said there are 188TCF gas and 58BSTB oil technically recoverable resources while the risked technically recoverable resources stood at 95TCF gas and 14BSTB oil as per the study.

They said the study covered lower and middle Indus Basin, which geographically spread over Sindh, southern parts of Punjab and eastern parts of Balochistan.

Total area under the study was 271,700 kilometres, which is 33 percent of total sedimentary area of the country. Under the programme, they said a detailed analysis of 124 wells was carried out including laboratory analysis on shale cores and cuttings in the United States.

They said the study has further confirmed that basic technology required for shale gas exploration i.e. horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, is available in the country and is being used for conventional and tight gas reservoirs. The shale gas is a new phenomenon worldwide and so far only US shales had been proved as commercially viable. “Shale sas exploration and production is capital extensive, about 10 times higher than conventional oil and gas,” they maintained.

Source : APP

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