KARACHI (APP) - Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Syed Naveed Qamar on Monday hoped to get off-shore drilling results of Block-M of Indus Basin from the Italian exploring company ENI Pakistan Ltd in a month. We are hoping to explore a big reserve of gas from this field, he said while talking to reporters during his visit to the aquamarine drilling rig, some 68 kilometres south west of Karachi shore. Secretary Petroleum Kamran Lashari, Director General Petroleum Concession Muhammad Naeem Malik, MD ENI Pakistan Ltd Paolo Giraudi, CEO PPL Khalid Rehman and MD GHPL Irfan Nasar also accompanied him. He said that other companies were also drilling wells in different blocks and there were bright prospects in these fields too. He pointed out that the government had decided to undertake off- shore drilling. Previously we were mostly concentrating on on-shore drilling. This is a very big step in this direction and ENI and PPL are joint partners with 70 percent and 30pc stake respectively in this project, he noted. ENI which is operating in Pakistan, is also the partner of PPL in Indus Basin blocks- N and C. He said that 43 exploration blocks would be offered to E and P companies in June this year. Naveed Qamar said oil and gas exploration was a risky job. You have to depend on seismic studies, surveys and estimates and then you go towards drilling. We pray to Allah Almighty to give us reward of this endeavour. Our land is full of natural resources and we hope that we will have better results from sea also, he added. Responding to a question about the possibilities of exploring off- shore hydrocarbon reserves in Balochistan, the Federal Minister said that drilling activity would be carried out wherever we get better prospects for oil and gas reserves. Referring to recent discoveries in neighbouring India, he said this had given us a hope that we will also explore hydrocarbon reserves in Pakistan. We want to explore every inch is this country for oil and gas, but initially we will explore those areas which are close to ports and are shallow in nature. Responding to a question about tight gas reserves, the Minister said that the government was currently studying a draft policy of PEPCO in this regard. This draft needs tuning and we want to see that it is in the interest of the government as well as exploration companies. To another question, Naveed Qamar said that oil and gas exploration was a gamble and he was happy that companies were now willing to have a gamble in Pakistan. Earlier, the Minister was briefed by Technical Manager ENI Angelo Nurchi and Rig Manager Ian Linden of Wantage, Singapore. Ian said this was the most modern rig which can go up to 20000 metres deep into the sea and can do those jobs which other rigs cannot. He said the drilling was started on January 17 and it has so far reached about 410 metres depth. Presently, 100 persons were working on the rig with majority being Pakistani nationals. He said that the well was expected to be drilled upto 3,540 metres.