Oil & Gas Exploration and Production

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Oil & Gas Exploration and Production


Pakistan Oilfields Limited (POL) was incorporated in Pakistan on November 25, 1950 as a public limited company and commenced business in June 1952. It is listed on all three stocks exchanges of the country and its shares are eligible for transaction through Central Depository System (CDS).

History and Objectives: POL is the standard-bearer of The Attock Oil Company (AOC) the parent company of POL and a pioneer in exploration and production of oil and gas in British India. AOC was founded in 1913 and made its first oil discovery at Khaur, district Attock in 1915. POL has a commendable tradition of work and history of successful efforts, for the search of oil and gas to its credit.

The Company was established to undertake petroleum exploration and prospecting licences and petroleum mining leases granted by the Government of Pakistan. In pursuance of agreement with the Government in 1978, POL took over the exploration and production business of AOC in Pakistan. Since then POL is investing independently and in Joint Ventures with various E&P companies for the search of oil and gas in the country.

Current Payouts: Pakistan Oilfields Limited has shown a record net Profit of Rs.2.4 billion and disbursed a 230% cash dividend (80% interim and 150% final dividend) and in addition of 80% bonus dividend for the year 2000-2001 which was also Golden Jubilee year of the Company.

The Company paid 160% cash dividend (80% final dividend) for the year 2001-02 even on increased paid up capital.

Exploration and Production Achievements: POL's achievements, discoveries and International exploration efforts demonstrate its resolve to aggressively explore Oil and Gas reserves for its growth and to meet national energy requirement.

POL discovered oil at Karsal (1960) and Meyal (1968) in the Potohar Plateau and acquired additional concessions in the Potohar region, in middle and lower Indus Basin in Sindh and Balochistan, recent discoveries by POL include Pariwali (1994), Pindori (1995), Minwal (1996) and Turkwal (1997). The Company has an unprecedented track record of hard work in the field of oil and gas exploration; together with its parent company AOC. It drilled 530 well sand has produced 136 million barrels of oil, 0.5 trillion standard cubic feet of gas and 0.7 million metric tonnes of LPG.

Exploration/Development Leases: POL is presently operating nine Development and Production leases i.e. Pariwali, meyal, Joyamari, Minwal, Dhulian, KhaurPindori, Turkwal and Balkassar. The Company has joint venture agreements with the following E&P Companies:

* Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) in Pindori, Chak Naurang, Gurgalot Block, Khushalgarh and Kotra.

* Orient Petroleum Inc. in Dhurnal, Ratana and Bhangali.

* Tullow Pakistan (Development) Limited in East Badin Extension Block-B.

* MOL Pakistan in Tal Block.

* International Joint Venture with MOL Yemen Block 48 and 49. POL is the first Pakistani Company to enter into the International Oil and Gas Exploration. POL and AOC have joined MOL. Yemen Oil & Gas Limited for exploration in Block-48 and Block-49 in Yemen.

Production: Oil is currently producing close to 10,000 BOPD, 47 MMSCFD of Gas, 160 million tonnes per day (T/D) of LG 705 barrels per day (B/D) Solvent Oil and 10 T/D of Sulphur. POL net share of production averages 5,500 BOPD, 33 MMSCFD of Gas, 113 T/D of LPG, 299 B/D Solvent Oil and 10 T/D of Sulphur. In equivalent of oil barrels POL is the third largest producer in Pakistan.

Other Activities: In addition to our core business of Exploration & Production of Oil and Gas, POL is carrying out following activities related to its major business:

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Solvent Oil Plants: POL owns and operates plants to produce LPG and Solvent Oil at its Meyal and Pindori fields. POL markets LPG under its own brand name of POL-GAS. …

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