Mari Petroeum and Attock Refinery Jointly Begin Refining Operations for Crude Oil from Balochistan Field

Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) has taken Attock Refinery Limited (ARL) onboard and initiated the process of refining crude oil from Balochistan.

According to the notification issued to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), Extended Well Testing (EWT) production recently commenced after necessary arrangements.


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The well currently produces approximately 800 BPD of crude oil at 28/64” choke size with a Wellhead Flowing Pressure (WHFP) of 165 Psi.

Earlier in 2018, a crude oil discovery was made at the exploratory well Bolan East-1 in Balochistan. The well was successfully drilled to a depth of 1,500 meters and the hydrocarbon potential of Dunghan, Moro/MughalKot and Chiltan Formations was tested through the Drill Stem Tests.

Following the testing, the well was completed in the Chiltan formation but its production did not begin due to the non-acceptance of crude oil by local refineries because of its low API gravity.

After persistent follow-ups and negotiations with local refineries and the government, ARL agreed to start production from the Balochistan field.


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It is noteworthy that Bola East-1 is the first-ever crude oil discovery in Chiltan and the Moro/MughalKot formations in Balochistan.

MPCL operates the Ziarat Exploration License with 60 percent working interest, while PPL Europe E&P Limited is the joint venture partner with 40 percent working interest.

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