PPL finds gas with first exploration well on Kotri block in Pakistan

The Kotri X-1 well flowed gas at an a rate of 3.4 MMcfd with a wellhead pressure of 608 psi, according to a press release from Pakistan Petroleum Ltd. (PPL). The operator holds 100% working interest in the Kotri block, and its first exploration well is in the Hyderabad district of Pakistan’s Sindh Province.

The well was spudded on Feb. 20 and reached a final depth of 3,892 m on Apr. 23. Based on gas shows encountered during drilling and wireline logs, the operator tested the Massive Sands of the Lower Goru formation, the company said. Preliminary testing indicates a tight gas reservoir, however, the company is planning further evaluation to determine commercial nature of the discovery.

PPL was awarded four exploration blocks by Pakistan’s government in 2010 with the expectation of investing $24.2 million on exploration for hydrocarbon reserves in the area, including blocks 2468-12 (Kotri), 2568-21 (Kotri North), 2468-10 (Sirani), and 3170-6 (Dera Ismail Khan) (OGJ Online, May 3, 2010).

Contact Tayvis Dunnahoe at tayvisd@ogjonline.com.


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