Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) has an aggressive exploration program 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.

Rig at Bela West X-1 Bela West Block Balochistan

The Exploration & Business Development (E&BD) Directorate consists of three assets: South, North and Frontier , the later oversees a PPL-operated block in Iraq, two partner-operated offshore blocks in Pakistan and one partner-operated onshore block in Yemen. In addition, New Ventures, International, Unconventional & Minerals and Subsurface Technologies & Support Services departments also fall under the domain of E&BD Directorate.

Currently, the company's portfolio, together with its subsidiaries, consists of 43 exploration blocks. Out of which 25 are operated by PPL, including Block 8 in Iraq being operated by PPL Asia and remaining 18 blocks are partner operated. In addition, PPL has recently applied for relinquishment of three operated and four partner-operated blocks, which is under consideration of Directorate General of Petroleum Concessions.

During the last five years, PPL has made 16 discoveries in operated blocks ─ six in Gambat South Block (Hatim X-1, Hadi X-1A, Zafir X-1, Kabir X-1, Badeel X-1 & Hadaf X-1), two in Kotri Block (Kotri X-1 & Yasar X-1), two in Hala Block (Bashar X-1 ST & Fazal X-1), one each in Dhok Sultan Block (Dhok Sultan X-1), Hub Block (Hub X-1), Shah Bandar Block (Benari X-1), Karsal Block (Talagang X-1),  Adhi ML (Adhi South X-1) and Margand Block (Mor Gandh X-1).

The most recent discovery at Mor Gandh X-1 has opened up Kalat Plateau sub-basin for exploration with a maiden discovery by PPL. This discovery will have a far-reaching impact on future exploration targets in this region.

In addition, preparations are underway to spud-in one exploration well each in PPL-operated Gambat South, Khipro East and Kalat blocks.