For exploration of shale gas, the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has began drilling in potential areas of Sindh.
According to the spokesperson, the OGDCL has planned to drill KUC-01 well in Hyderabad in two phases.
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The KUC-01 is an experimental pilot project which comprises a vertical or near vertical hole to be drilled down to top of Chiltan Formation.
“The first well is planned to be drilled in vertical section and frac operations will be carried after reservoir evaluation.”
According to details, the study completed in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development, which had identified massive Shale gas and oil reserves in 2015, covering the lower and middle Indus Basin.
According to EIA Shale Gas Assessment Report 2015 (USA),
“Pakistan has around 105 Trillion Cubic Feet of recoverable shale gas and 9.1 billion Barrels of recoverable shale oil resources.”
The successful exploitation of shale gas could provide Pakistan with a sustainable supply of natural gas and oil. Pakistan’s estimated natural gas demand was about 7-8 Billion Cubic Feet per Dar (BCFD), out of which less than 4 BCFD was being produced locally, said EIA estimated recoverable gas resources.
“There is 50 percent of gas shortfall in the energy mix needs of the country”.
Earlier in November, the Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd (OGDCL) had discovered new oil and gas reserves after drilling activities in potential areas of Sindh during search of Shale gas and Tight Oil deposits.