Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) has an aggressive exploration programme geared to optimize production and replenish reserves. The company has invested in acquiring state-of-the-art integrated technology and enhancing human resource competencies to achieve desired outputs and minimize risks through well-coordinated teamwork and strategic partnerships with local and international Exploration and Production companies.

The Exploration Directorate consists of three assets North, South and Frontier.

Currently, PPL together with its subsidiaries has a portfolio of 45 exploration blocks of which the company operates 27, including one block in Iraq, while 18 blocks, comprising three offshore leases in Pakistan and two onshore concession in Yemen, are operated by joint venture partners.

PPL has made six discoveries in operated blocks ─ three in Gambat South Block (Kabir X-1, Hatim X-1 & Hadi X-1A) and one each in Hala (Fazl X-1), Dhok Sultan (Dhok Sultan X-1) and Kotri (Kotri X-1) blocks  during 2015 -2016.