Geological Mapping completed in December, 2016, which attracted and facilitated Oil & Gas companies to invest in FATA.
During last one year, various Oil & Gas companies including OGDCL, Al-Hajj, BGP (Chinese Company), Senshe (Chinese company), Geofysika (Polish Company) & MOL (Hungarian company) established Camp Offices in different Agencies/FRs and started exploration of oil and gas in the leased out areas.
Names of companies and relevant blocks whereas they started exploration, are as under:
- OGDCL started exploration activities in Tirah Block (Khyber Agency, Kurram Agency & Orakzai Agency), Orakzai Block (Orakzai Agency & Kurram Agency), Latamber Block (FR Bannu), Wali Block (FR Lakki, FR Tank & SWA), Kohat Block (Lower Orakzai, FR Kohat & FR Peshawar).
- Al-Hajj has started activities in Baska North (FR DIK & SWA).
- MOL started activities in Tal Block (NWA & FR Bannu).
One of the salient features is that 1612 locals (skilled and unskilled) provided jobs by these companies. For the first time in the history of FATA, more than 21 billion rupees have been invested by various Oil & Gas companies. This was made possible under the supervision of Governor, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who took keen interest in inviting these companies. He regularly guided FATA DA in this regard.
These oil and gas companies have constructed drinking water schemes in their respective blocks/areas. The locals of these areas are benefitting from these completed drinking water schemes. In addition, these companies have established free medical camps in the respective blocks/areas. In these camps, free medicines have been distributed amongst the locals.