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Petroleum ministry claims 65 oil, gas discoveries in current tenure

Petroleum ministry claims 65 oil, gas discoveries in current tenure

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has claimed 65 new oil and gas discoveries from record 227 wells drillings during current tenure of the government.

Official sources in the ministry told APP, with new discoveries, over one trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas and 16 million of barrels of new oil reserves had been added to the system. The country, they said, was moving on a fast track towards achieving autarky in the energy sector as all-out efforts were being made to achieve the target by utilizing conventional as well as non-conventional reserves like tight gas, shale gas, marginal fields and BTU (British thermal unit) gas, Under these steps, they said, around 560 mmcfd (million cubic feet per day) of additional gas and 27,000 bpd (barrels per day) of oil have been injected in the system so far due to the government’s effective policies.

For the first time in the country’s history, the sources also informed that domestic oil production had touched the highest level of 100,698 billion barrels oil per day on December 7 last year. Pakistan, they said, was a gas prone country and 48 percent of its energy mix requirements were met through indigenous gas supply.

Currently the country, they said, was producing 4.16 bcfd gas, which was not sufficient to meet the ever increasing demand. “There is a gap of around 2 BCF gas between the indigenous supply and constraint demand,” they added.