The company discovered the gas after it drilled the Badhra B North-1 exploratory well for a total depth of 2,450m and intersected more than 54m of net gas pay in two thick cretaceous sandstones of the Mughal Kot formation.

The exploratory well on the Badhra block flowed high quality gas from the two reservoirs at 25 and 35 million standard cubic feet per day throughout the production test.

Eni drilled the Badhra B North-1in lines with its new strategy to explore the adjacent areas of the currently producing fields and further exploited through the application of new geological models.

The company is estimating the size of the discovery to be between 300 and 400 billion cubic feet of gas in place.

Eni operated Bhit gas processing facility is 20km from the new discovery where it processes gas production from Bhit and Badhra fields.

Following the new gas find, the company has started talks with the Pakistan regulator to fasten the production of the discovery.

Eni through its subsidiary Eni Pakistan owns 40% interest in the Badhra block and is the operator, Kufpec Pakistan holds 34% stake, Oil & Gas Development Company owns 20%, and Premier Oil has 6% interest.