Pakistan Offshore: An Attractive Frontier

  • Hilal A. Razal,
  • Riaz Ahmed
  • S. Manshoor Ali


 Due to poor exploratory effort the offshore sedimentary basins of Pakistan still remain as frontier basins. Hydrocarbon occurrence in Pakistan offshore can be explained by (1) adequate thickness of marine sediments, (2) favourable tectonics and basin analogies, (3) hydrocarbon seeps/shows, and (4) favourable results of field and laboratory investigations in the adjoining coastal areas. The size of the hydrocarbon resource is estimated to fall between 14-16 billion barrels of oil (or equivalent gas). The single most reason of non-discovery of this hidden wealth is lack of exploratory effort.