Eni gauges Pakistan Kirthar fold belt gas discovery

Eni Pakistan Ltd. has made a gas discovery estimated at 300-400 bcf in place in the Kirthar fold belt in Pakistan 350 km north of Karachi.

The Badhra B North-1 well (Badhra-7), on Badhra Lease Area B, went to a total depth of 2,450 m and encountered more than 54 m of net gas pay in two thick sandstones of the Cretaceous Mughal Kot formation. Appraisal wells will be required.

The well flowed high-quality gas from the two reservoirs at rates of 25 MMscfd and 35 MMscfd and will be tied into the Eni-operated Bhit gas processing plant 20 km west, which handles gas output from Bhit and Badhra fields.

Eni has started discussion with the Pakistani regulator and the joint venture partners to expedite production from the discovery through a long-term production test that will enable commercialization of the gas.

Interests in the discovery are Eni Pakistan operator with a 40% stake in the development phase, Kufpec Pakistan Ltd. 34%, Oil & Gas Development Co. Ltd. 20%, and Premier Oil PLC 6%.

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