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.

The Exploration & Business Development (E&BD) Directorate consists of three Assets; South, North and Frontier Asset (Frontier Asset includes a block in Iraq) and also looks after partner-operated offshore blocks in Pakistan and one partner operated onshore block in Yemen. In addition, Business Development and Geo-services department also fall under the domain of E&BD Directorate.

At present, the company's portfolio, together with its subsidiaries, consists of 47 exploration blocks, out of which 28 are PPL-operated (including Block 8 in Iraq being operated by PPL Asia) and remaining 19, including three offshore blocks in Pakistan and one onshore block in Yemen, are partner operated. In addition, assignment of 25% working interest to PPL by OGDCL in Khuzdar North EL is under execution.

PPL has made 12 discoveries in operated blocks ─ four in Gambat South Block (Hadi X-1A, Zafir X-1, Badeel X-1 & Hadaf X-1), two in Kotri Block (Kotri X-1 & Yasar X-1) one each in Hala (Bashar X-1 ST), Dhok Sultan (Dhok Sultan X-1), Hub (Hub X-1), Shah Bandar (Benari X-1 ST-2), Karsal (Talagang X-1) blocks as well as one at Adhi (Adhi South X-1) since January 2016.