OGDCL announces second gas reserve discovery in a week

Published: July 1, 2016
Email
The discovery has opened up a new avenue and would add to the hydrocarbon reserve base of OGDCL and GHPL. PHOTO: FILE

The discovery has opened up a new avenue and would add to the hydrocarbon reserve base of OGDCL and GHPL. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) seems to be on a lucky streak as the company has announced the second discovery of oil and gas reserves in Sindh within the span of one week.

The leading oil and gas firm said the new discovery was made from a newly tested well, Bitrism West 01-A, which is located in District Sanghar, Sindh, according to a bourse filing.

“The well has tested 290 barrel per day of condensate (crude oil) and 4.3 million standard cubic feet per day of gas,” said OGDC company secretary Ahmed Hayat Lak in a notification to the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

Pakistan’s oil and gas discoveries touch record

OGDCL is the operator of the Bitrism Block with 95% stake. Government Holdings (Pvt.) Limited (GHPL) owns the rest of the 5% stake in the block.

“The discovery has opened up a new avenue and would add hydrocarbon reserve base of OGDCL and GHPL,” the notification added.

However, the announcement failed to motivate energy investors at PSX, as OGDCL’s share price declined Rs1.68, or 1.20%, and closed at Rs138.07 on Thursday. The benchmark 100-index closed flat at 37,783.54 points.

An analyst said in a post market comment that oil and gas exploration and production firms’ share prices declined in connection with downturn of crude oil’s price at world markets.

New discovery of crude oil, gas reserves in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Earlier in the week, the firm reported discovery of 17.2 million standard cubic feet per day of gas from its exploratory well, Thal West #01, which is located in the district Sukkur, Sindh.

The firm’s net profit declined 36% to Rs43.49 billion in nine-month period ended March 31, 2016 due to higher exploration expenditure and lower price of the benchmark Arab Light crude oil.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2016.

Like Business on Facebook, follow @TribuneBiz on Twitter to stay informed and join in the conversation.

 

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (5)

  • Shuaib
    Jul 1, 2016 - 4:34PM

    We need to find a massive gas field with 500 million scf or more or else we will be in massive trouble soon. Maybe we may even need one with 1 billion or scf a day. May Allah help us in this quest.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jul 1, 2016 - 5:32PM

    second discovery of oil and gas reserves in Sindh

    Discovered in Sindh but will end up in Punjab as usual.Recommend

  • Bala
    Jul 1, 2016 - 8:35PM

    @Hameed:
    yeah becuase in Sindh, all cars run on waterRecommend

  • ali
    Jul 1, 2016 - 9:29PM

    or maybe end up in zardari bank accountRecommend

  • Ammad
    Nov 22, 2016 - 5:40AM

    Rightly said Hameed. Recommend

More in Business