Mari Petroleum discovers oil near Rawalpindi

Mari Petroleum Company (MPCL) has discovered oil reserves at Dharian-l ST-3 well located near Gujar Khan, Rawalpindi district in Punjab ‑ Pakistan.

Drilling at the well commenced in December 2017 and reached the depth of 4,770 meters with the objective of testing the hydrocarbon potential of Sakessar and Khewra formations as primary targets. It is second consecutive discovery by Ghauri joint venture in Ghauri block since 2014.

According to the details provided in a letter by MPCL to Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), the drill stem tests carried out in Khewra formation showed a flow of 372 barrels per day of crude oil

The joint venture is planning to undertake expeditious evaluation of Dharian-l ST-3 discovery by placing it on test production.

The first discovery in Ghauri block was made at exploratory well Ghauri X-I in 2014, which is currently producing hydrocarbon.

‘Ghauri JV intends to drill third exploratory well namely Miraj-l as part of its continuous efforts for tapping hydrocarbon resources.

MPCL is the operator of Ghauri exploration licence having 65% working interest with Pakistan Petroleum (PPL) as 35% interest holder.

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