Major gas field discovered in Pakistan

The discovery was made in the Khirtar Fold Belt region close to the ENI-operated Bhit gas processing facility, Italian company ENI said in a statement.—File Photo

ROME: Italian energy major ENI said on Wednesday it had discovered a major reserve of between 300 billion and 400 billion cubic feet of gas some 350 kilometres north of Karachi in Pakistan.

The discovery was made in the Khirtar Fold Belt region close to the ENI-operated Bhit gas processing facility, the company said in a statement.

ENI said it “confirms the presence of significant exploration potential that can be exploited through the application of new geological models.”

The company said it had begun talks with Pakistani authorities on creating a joint venture, adding that it would “help to reduce the national gas deficit.”

ENI has been in Pakistan since 2000 and is the country’s largest producer, with average production of 54,800 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2011.

Pakistan has had an endemic energy crisis for years, characterised by frequent blackouts, which has crippled the economy.

The crisis is blamed on chronic mismanagement and corruption.

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Sep 19, 2012 03:50pm
Why Italians why not Turkey? Give Turkey a chance to assist.
Ashir ZIa
Sep 21, 2012 07:10am
I would also put resonsibility to the Media and Dawn specially to highlight the statistics and promote transparency and accountability as well. Being a writer I would like and encourage all to write articles with having some reseach and fact and figures.
mohammad shafiq
Sep 19, 2012 02:09pm
This should provide much employment for our brethren in the punjab
naim ur rehman
Sep 20, 2012 09:57am
Make all decoits run away first and then start development projects otherwise they will steal away every thing as usual
naim ur rehman
Sep 20, 2012 09:55am
Sep 20, 2012 09:34am
This will not termed as Good News unless we get rid of the Corrupt and Incompetent Mafia of Politicians
Muhamamd Naeem
Sep 20, 2012 08:01am
A blow of cold wind during current situation..
Ghalib Khan
Sep 20, 2012 04:28am
Dawn and other responsible news media, should now monitor this project very closely so it is not Crucified to corruption.
jalaluddin S. Hussain
Sep 20, 2012 02:40am
Unless we completely root out regime of corruption and debilitating social injustice conditions, in Pakistan, these kind of discoveries would not improve the conditions of common people.
Syed M Ahmed
Sep 20, 2012 02:40am
In dealing with the resource sector, the media should be very careful to use proper terminology while describing the "discovery" of "major rerserve". Please note that in the resource sector the word "resource" has a specific meaning and is not the same as "reserve". Please note that ENI has issued a very measured statement which
Syed Ahmed
Sep 20, 2012 01:51am
Allah always helps Pakistan but our so called leaders are out to destroy the country.
Ahmed Rehan
Sep 20, 2012 01:47am
Thanks God, God please forgive our sins, and protect Pakistan and Pakistanis. Amin
Sep 19, 2012 07:48pm
Alright; More Nihari and More Biryani. Life is good in Pakistan.
Sep 19, 2012 06:10pm
Pakistan - Zindabad
Sep 19, 2012 06:02pm
Sep 19, 2012 05:06pm
watch this resource also be squandered by corrupt officials and the people of pakistan to see minimal benefit
Concerned Oil & Gas Professional
Sep 19, 2012 05:00pm
Its about time Pakistan ramped up its gas production at par with atleast Bangladesh. Unforntunately, there has been no major discovery since Sui gas fields in Baluchistan. Pakistan also needs to resolve the Sir Creek issue with India so exploration can begin there.
Khalid Baloch
Sep 19, 2012 01:46pm
Allah O Akbar. Now we need to discover honest and patriotic people to run our country. Last 60 years of Army and bad political governace curse has to be lifted. Pakistani people need to create their own destiny. We need peoplw like Dr. Qadeer. Long Live Pakistan.
Noortaj Khan
Sep 19, 2012 01:32pm
This is Great. Lets just hope for some others as well.
Sep 20, 2012 10:16pm
you don't have the skills to do it.They don't steal. You have to pay, for their skills.
Tahir Rao
Sep 19, 2012 01:19pm
Great News. I pray, this opens up new world of oppurtunities for the nation and helps the economy. Amen Summ Amen.
Sep 21, 2012 12:10am
I hope this is real and not like a long time ago when we heard a little before elections that country had become self sufficient in the exploration of oil and Pakistan also was manufacturing small airplanes. Sounds familiar in the current atmosphere. What about our own drone system?
Sep 19, 2012 04:27pm
ENI good work done.Keep it up.There is plenty of Gas & oil reserves in the country, we need good companies to explore it.
Sep 19, 2012 03:37pm
ENI is not the country's largest producer, however one of the major producers for sure.
Sep 19, 2012 03:37pm
more for the poiliticians
Sep 19, 2012 02:07pm
Excellent news, I hope this new discovery will not be wasted on domestic consumption as has happened with Sui. These precious resources should be utilized in industrial sector to draw long term economic benefit.
Sep 19, 2012 02:04pm
keep the good news coming
adam memon
Sep 19, 2012 02:01pm
May Allah bless our country.
Sep 20, 2012 12:22pm
Sep 19, 2012 01:46pm
ENI Zindabad.