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 44 exploration blocks of which the company operates 26, 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 eight discoveries in operated blocks ─ four in Gambat South (Kabir X-1, Hatim X-1, Hadi X-1A and Zafir X-1), two in Hala Block (Fazl X-1 and Bashar X-1 ST) and one each in Dhok Sultan (Dhok Sultan X-1) and Kotri (Kotri X-1) blocks during last two years.