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Pakistan has expressed its interest in oil and gas exploration in the seas off Sri Lanka, the Daily Mirror learns.

At present Cairn Lanka (Private) Limited, a subsidiary of Cairn India, is engaged in oil and gas exploration work in the Mannar basin at the moment.

Following the success of two gas discoveries under the initial stage of exploration, Cairn also completed drilling of a fourth exploration.

However, studies are underway to ascertain whether the gas discoveries are commercially viable or not at the moment.   Meanwhile, Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq told the Daily Mirror during his two day visit to Sri Lanka last week that there was scope for further co-operation between the two countries in oil exploration and sugar processing-- two areas where Pakistan has the expertise.   

“We have brotherly relations. Yet, there is scope for further co-operation especially in sugar processing and gas exploration,” he said.

Already, Pakistan has teamed up with Sri Lankan authorities to invest in sugar processing. The visiting speaker held talks with Sugar Industries Development Minister Lakshman Seneviratne in this regard. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Goofy Wednesday, 25 December 2013 05:27 AM

    We have heard this story since the 1960s. Still nothing. This gets louder when elections are near. What fools we are.

    jayasiri Wednesday, 25 December 2013 05:39 PM

    However Pakistan has produced & still exploration is carried out with the assitance of USA companies.

    Bringing that expertise is welcome news. Only trap is like India they might want a bigger share of the project, if ONLY oil or gas are explored with Pakistn's assistance.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 26 December 2013 09:01 AM

    When we first heard somewhere in the sixties that there was oil in Pesalai in time for that year's Sinhala Tamil New Year, everybody rejoiced but what really happened was they did not have enough coconut oil to fry "kavun" that year. Since then whenever an election is around the corner, we have been hearing this story of either oil or gas being found here.

    G.M. Jayawardena Wednesday, 25 December 2013 07:11 AM

    When will Sri lanka join the oil and gas rich nations with the two deposits already found by the Indian company? If the exploration companies are inefficient with the work why did the Sri Lankan authorities select a company from a country who is not known to have oil and gas or any exploration experience? Sri Lankan experts are the persons managing oil and gas industry in the middle east and they may be very useful for consultation if the government call their assistance, even to select a better company from other countries for the exploration.

    lankan Thursday, 26 December 2013 10:51 AM

    modaya

    Lanka Lover Wednesday, 25 December 2013 08:07 AM

    Rest of the top countries tried and found nothing. Now Pakistan is trying to drill and empty our pockets.may be they must have filled some ministers pockets. This drilling is being going on for last 50 years and found nothing.What is Pakistan going to find???Who visited to this country recently???

    C.K.Lankaputhra Wednesday, 25 December 2013 01:52 AM

    Leaving gas a side,The foul smell of gas is already their in all corners of Sri Lankta.

    Mohamed Wednesday, 25 December 2013 02:05 AM

    Most of Sri Lankan have forgotten the support provided during the war including Senior Officials. Once Indian government accused Sri Lanka saying Pakistani pilots are on cock pit in the fighter jet.

    ANTON Wednesday, 25 December 2013 02:26 AM

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE EXPLORATION WORK DONE BY INDIANS AND CHINESE ? MISSPENT ?

    Janaki Kalaansuriya Wednesday, 25 December 2013 02:39 AM

    Ah, story telling times are here again. Elections are coming. Brace up everybody.

    Janaki Kalansuriya Thursday, 26 December 2013 04:24 AM

    Goofy, in SL we go beyond "some of the people all of the time..." to finish with "ALL OF THE PEOPLE, ALL OF THE TIME". The whole world will think us all as jackasses, don't you think? Sad for Mother SL's image.

    meranchi Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:13 AM

    That is in history i thing because i heard this information in kandy long time a go.........i

    Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:33 AM

    Must getting closer another election.

    lankan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 02:47 PM

    I remember reading a newspaper article soon after the ceding of katchativu to Sri Lanka by the Govt of India. According to it The Govt of India had given the gulf of Mannar rich in marine life and taken the waters north of Jaffna ( for them it is Cauvery Basin)
    which had proven oil reserves.
    It sounds true now. Indians have struck oil in their portion. We are yet to find anything. The marine life is also robbed by them

    AIA Wednesday, 25 December 2013 04:29 AM

    Aren't we even close to turbulent Pakistan , where industrialization is concerned. Sad predicament

    saman Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:19 PM

    Yes the Elections are round the corner .... as usual we are having oil


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