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22 oil, gas discoveries made, NA told

Sharafat Kazmi

Islamabad—Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Syed Naveed Qamar Monday informed National Assembly that a total 59 onshore and offshore exploration wells were drilled in the country from January 2008 onwards. Responding during the question hour session, he said, 22 oil and gas discoveries are made during the period. Out of these 18 are under appraisal, whereas four discoveries have been initially appraised having reserve of 3.27 million barrels of oil and 404 billion cubic feet of gas.

He said the government has granted 126 exploration licenses to different companies for exploration of petroleum in Pakistan. Present indigenous production of crude oil is 66,390 barrels per day (BPD) which is processed at local refineries in Pakistan, he added.

Qamar said that in order to meet the demand of petroleum products, Khlifa Coastal Oil Refinery Project with capacity of 250,000 BPD and Byco Petroleum Pakistan limited Refinery project with capacity of 115,000 BPD are proposed…

Cracks in Balochistan govt over provincial autonomy

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=229373Tuesday, March 16, 2010
By Muhammad Ejaz Khan

QUETTA: Differences surfaced in the Balochistan coalition government on Monday when one of its major coalition partners, the JUI-F, backed by the BNP-Awami and the independent legislators, insisted to move the resolution about the provincial autonomy in the assembly, while the ruling PPP members opposed the move, insisting that the resolution would be tabled after the necessary improvement and in the presence of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani.

Then the Balochistan Assembly witnessed the rare happening in the house when a provincial minister belonging to the JUI-F went on to chair the session after the speaker adjourned it on the plea that the resolution was not part of the agenda.

Actually, the differences within the coalition partners appeared when Senior Minister Maulana Abdul Wasey opted to table the resolution on the provincial autonomy as the proceedings of the assembly s…