ISLAMABAD - The Niko Resources (Pakistan) Ltd. has assured the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources to invest more than $40 million for drilling an offshore exploratory well in Pakistan during the next weather window (September to December). Syed Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources, on Thursday met with Vice President of Niko Resources (Pakistan) Larry Fisher. On the occasion, Fisher briefed about his companys work underway in Pakistan in the four offshore blocks. While appreciating the work in seismic processing undertaken by the company, Qamar persuaded NIKO Resources for drilling an offshore exploratory well in next weather window to which the later agreed to start. According to the Petroleum Ministry, the offshore drilling costs will be more than $40 million and it will be completed during this year after the monsoon.