OGDCL Starts Shale Gas Drilling in Hyderabad

OGDCL has announced that it has started drilling operations for the first shale gas well, KUC-01, in Hyderabad from December 14, 2019.

According to the press statement, the state-run company has planned to drill the KUC-1 well in two phases.

The first well is planned to be drilled in a vertical section and frac operations will be done after reservoir evaluation. Based on the outcome of the reservoir evaluation and the frac job, further technical evaluations will be carried out. It will then enter the second phase which will include drilling a horizontal well section and further frac operations, said the company.

The statement said that this will be the first well drilled to explore unconventional shale gas and the estimated chance of success (COS) for commercial hydrocarbon production is about 10%. OGDCL has the complete operatorship of the well.

KUC-01 is a pilot shale gas project and one of its key objectives is to gather as much information as possible on the prospects of shale gas and to ascertain the possibilities of shale gas development in Pakistan.

A study completed in 2015 in cooperation with the USAID confirmed the presence of massive shale gas and oil reserves in Pakistan.


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