OGDCL Announces Major Gas Discovery at Chak 214-1 Exploratory Well in Mari East Block, District Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab


ISLAMABAD, September 19, 2023: The Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), serving as the sole operator of the Mari East Block (100%), on Tuesday announced a significant gas discovery at the Chak 214-1 exploratory well, located in the Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab province.Chak 214-1 well was spudded in on June 29, 2023, as an exploratory well, as…

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Missed opportunities of delayed oil refining policy


KARACHI: Timing is of the essence in policymaking. A well-timed decision can yield optimal results. Although delays might bring benefits, they can also do considerable damage. Reflecting on the recently introduced oil refining policy for both existing and new projects, one can’t help but wonder about the lost opportunities that might have been seized with more proactive decision-making. Currently, Pakistan…

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Russian crude provides only Re1 benefit on per litre petrol, PM told


ISLAMABAD: Briefing caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Russian crude’s impact on POL prices, the Petroleum Division said that the maximum benefit of Russian crude is quite nominal of Re1 per liter petrol and diesel. It added that importing Russian crude involved two risks, including 30-36 days of transportation and 60 percent production of furnace oil that has to be…

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Cut in Aug, Sept power bills proposed


ISLAMABAD/ PESHAWAR: Top officials of power and financial divisions have tailored some suggestions for immediate relief to masses in the electricity bills, which are to be placed before the federal cabinet meeting on Tuesday (today) with Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar in the chair. All officials are tight-lipped but some insiders told The News that one of the suggestions…

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Running out of resources


After a long break, Pakistan has relaunched a programme for oil and gas exploration, exploitation and development activities, onshore and offshore, aiming at recovering the untapped indigenous hydrocarbon resources. Petroleum, a vital economic sector, is heavily dependent on oil and gas imports to meet the ever-growing demand based on growth in population and increasing urbanisation, and the issues of national…

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PSO posts Rs4.6bn loss in 4QFY23


KARACHI: The bottom line of Pakistan State Oil (PSO) turned negative in the last quarter of 2022-23 as its unconsolidated loss amounted to Rs4.6 billion versus a three-month profit of Rs21.4bn a year ago. In the preceding quarter of January-March, the state-owned oil marketing company recorded a net profit of Rs13.6bn. As a result, PSO’s earnings totaled Rs5.6bn in 2022-23,…

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Oil-rich Gulf bets on ‘green’ hydrogen


DUBAI: After riding a fossil-fuel boom for decades, Gulf Arab states are eyeing “green” hydrogen as they try to transition their economies and ease the climate crisis at a stroke. Oil producers Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman are investing heavily in the climate-friendly fuel in a search for alternative revenues to crude and gas. Green hydrogen, which…

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