Mari Gas strikes 'black gold' between KP and Punjab

Published: October 13, 2011
The Halini Well was spud on January 7, 2011. The well has been drilled up to a depth of 5,350 meters.  CREATIVE COMMON

The Halini Well was spud on January 7, 2011. The well has been drilled up to a depth of 5,350 meters. CREATIVE COMMON

ISLAMABAD: Mari Gas Company Limited (MGCL) made a significant crude oil discovery on Thursday, with the additional potential of Associated Gas, during the drilling of Halini Well in its operated Karak Exploration Block.

The Block is located at the borders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces (between the districts of Karak and Mianwali). The discovery is estimated to accrue huge foreign exchange savings which could range in billions of dollars at the current oil price trend and thus contribute towards the nation’s endeavor to reduce dependence on imported energy.

Federal Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain congratulated Lt Gen (R) Raza Muhammad Khan, Managing Director/CEO of Mari Gas Company Limited (MGCL) on the significant discovery.

MD, MGCL called on the Minister Thursday at Minister’s Office. Secretary Petroleum Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry was also present on the occasion.

Dr Asim Hussain congratulated Mari Gas Company on this achievement and assured him that his Ministry would facilitate MGCL’s efforts regarding exploration and production of hydrocarbons in the country.

The Halini Well was spud on January 7, 2011. The well has been drilled up to a depth of 5,350 meters. During the initial short duration tests carried out, the well flowed at the average rate of 1,700 barrels/day Crude Oil of API gravity 26 at 32/64″ choke size.

The flow rates from the well, are expected to increase with further testing and stimulation treatment which is planned to be conducted, shortly. The prospect is estimated to spread over a large area and the Company is planning to drill additional wells to delineate the exact extent, size and reserves potential of this oil discovery.

The Karak Block was granted to MGCL, as operator and 100% interest owner, on April 14, 2005. Subsequently MOL Pakistan Oil & Gas Company B.V. (an E&P Company of Hungary) acquired 40% interest share in the Block from MGCL.

MGCL had also made a gas/condensate discovery last year in its 100% operated Sujawal Block in Sindh which is being put on test production by installing early production facilities. MGCL also discovered the first ever oil reserves in Balochistan when it’s Ziarat well flowed Crude Oil which is currently being evaluated/appraised for bringing it on production. Other recent discovery of gas by MGCL in its Sukkur Block’s Koonj Well has also been put on test production for gas supply to SNGPL.

It was also decided that 44 MMCF/D gas from Mari Deep Reservoir would be provided to SNGPL.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Jameel
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:48PM

    Mari Gas strikes ‘black gold’ between
    KP and Punjab

    There is no such thing as ‘between KP and Punjab’. Its either in KP or Punjab.


  • A2Z
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:30PM

    Its at the border which is above the earth but it doesnt exist under the earth…:)


  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:31PM

    @Jameel: Whether it is Punjab or KP,it is Pakistan ,the oil explored is ours, the 190 million Pakistanis.


  • Asif
    Oct 13, 2011 - 10:27PM

    Actually its in Mianwali district .


  • Ali Tanoli,
    Oct 13, 2011 - 10:40PM

    @ Jameel
    Thank god its not in chanab nager and by the way in karak and mianwalli all pathans lived
    for centuries and speaks two lang Pushto and Hindko.


  • Ali Tanoli,
    Oct 13, 2011 - 11:12PM

    I thought some one million barrel a day. khoda bahad nikla chua.


  • Khurram Mohiuddin
    Oct 14, 2011 - 12:45AM

    Why is a general who has no qualification in geology or petroleum engineering heading an oil and gas exploration and mining company?


  • Domlurian
    Oct 14, 2011 - 2:02AM

    Thanks be to Allah!


  • Maulana Diesel
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:31AM

    @Khurram…how come there is always someone who has a problem with some aspect of a general success story? I mean this CEO, whatever his background seems to be doing a good job as far as discovering oil. Lets congratulate the CEO and bid him more success in his future endeavors.Recommend

  • M.A.S
    Oct 14, 2011 - 4:05AM

    alI tanoli: stop being a racist.
    khurram: general is there because military men of Pakistan are the best managers. Plus sitting up there just need quality brains (which they have) and a good hand to sign off the papers. U dont need to be an engineer or a geologist for tht.

    Well done Mari Gas, nice effort by the team.


  • A J Khan
    Oct 14, 2011 - 10:45AM

    Its a good news in bad situation. The well is located in Karak well inside Pakhtunkhwa. Congratulations to all Pakistani. Thanks to the hard work of Labor, engineers and management of the company.


  • Malikmania
    Oct 14, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Well friends, the discovery is in District Mianwali, while region falls in KARAK Block. It may not be appropriate to relate it with District Karak / Kohat. Having said that, the discovery is for Pakistan and Pakistanis.

    Thumbs up for MGCL!


  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Oct 14, 2011 - 3:16PM

    Let us hope it not another Dhodak!


  • Farooq
    Oct 14, 2011 - 9:03PM

    @Khurram Mohiuddin:
    What is to be your objection? He has worked some.


  • Osman
    Oct 15, 2011 - 8:35AM

    Mari Gas Company is mostly owned by Fauji Foundation so obviously a “highly qualified” retired general will be the CEO.
    @ M.A.S. give civilians some credit. There’s nothing about military men that makes them the “best managers”. If that was the case, every major institution in the world would be run by “military men”.


  • S
    Oct 15, 2011 - 3:03PM

    Thanks be to ALLAH alone!

    This is for all Pakistanis :)


  • Optimist
    Oct 15, 2011 - 3:06PM

    well done MGCL … congratulation to MGCL team/-


  • samaul
    Oct 15, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Before the elites sell it prematurely to foreign buyers GET A RESTRAINING ORDER FROM SUPREME COURTRecommend

  • Pragmatist
    Oct 15, 2011 - 7:20PM

    After digging 5.3 kilometers, the output is only 1700 barrels a day?? It would be better if they keep digging. Eventually it will reach a Texas oil well at the other end and you can have all the oil you’ll ever need.


  • antanu
    Oct 15, 2011 - 7:59PM

    What nonsensical comments to come across….a discovery has been made, even smaller one, is welcome as it would reduce some burden from the economy.Pakistanis can not digest any positive development in their counry. Its a shame.Recommend

  • yasar
    Oct 16, 2011 - 3:32AM

    not only pakistanis on this site ( ;

    Mixture of Indians and Pakistanis.


  • yasar
    Oct 16, 2011 - 3:33AM


    read article proper.

    “”The flow rates from the well, are expected to increase with further testing and stimulation treatment which is planned to be conducted, shortly. “”


  • Junaid
    Oct 19, 2011 - 5:56AM

    Congratulations to all my Pakistani brothers and sisters. InshAllah Pakistan will become a prosperous and wealthy nation.


  • Shahid
    Oct 26, 2011 - 3:04PM

    I want to explained that all the working team of Mari Gas Company is consist of Civillian people. Only Managment is by retired Army officers.


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