Sui Oil Case Study

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Tracing back the history, the first exploration well was in the part of British India that is now Pakistan, dug in 1887 near an oil seep at Kundal in district Mianwali, Punjab. At that time the, in the wilderness of Pennsylvania, the new petroleum industry was developing, USA. It started of with rig-based drilling activity by Captain Drakes. This was followed by a number of other efforts, prominent of which was the drilling of thirteen wells near Khattan oil seepage (south-east of Quetta) in Balochistan. It produced about 25,000 barrels of heavy crude during 1885-1892. The next discovery came somewhat later in 1915 when commercial quantities of oil were discovered at Khaur, district Attock, Punjab by the predecessor of Attock Oil Company (AOC).…show more content…
In 1952, a well drilled on the Sui structure (located in Balochistan Province), in Central Indus Basin, made the maiden discovery of large reserves of natural gas in the Sui Main Limestone of Early Eocene age. The original recoverable gas reserves were estimated to be over 10 trillion cubic feet (TCF) equivalent to about 1 billion barrels of oil. The discovery of Sui Gas Field was the first major milestone in the search for hydrocarbons in Pakistan. Following the natural gas discovery at Sui, several foreign oil companies took active interest in carrying out exploration in Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan executed agreements with StandardVacuum Oil Company (1954), Hunt International Oil Company (1955), Shell Oil Company (1956), Sun Oil Company (1957) and Tidewater (1958). This led to further exploratory drilling in prospective areas. Further discoveries of natural gas were made as a result of these activities during 1954-59, which included Uch and Kandhkot by PPL and Mari by…show more content…
In view of this success by BP, OGDCL acquired the Sanghar North and South concessions, immediately to the north of the Badin license of BP. T BP has drilled 6 discovery wells in Pakistan. This opened a new oil province outside the traditional oil province of the Potwar in the north. After Sui, the discovery of oil in the Southern Indus Basin was the second milestone in search for hydrocarbons in Pakistan. This led to a boom in exploration activity in Southern Indus Basin, resulting in several oil discoveries in an area regarded heretofore as less prospective for liquid hydrocarbons. This area has attained the distinction of contributing % of the total oil production of the country. OGDCL made very large gas discovery in Eocene Carbonates of Middle Indus Basin at Qadirpur in 1989. In the same year, Eni (formerly known as LASMO Oil plc. of U.K.) made a gas discovery in Lower Goru Sandstone (Cretaceous) at Kadanwari, south of KhairpurJacobabad

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