The wind power quagmire

They all talk about wind power. There is no doubt that renewables including wind are imperative as part of the energy mix. It is environmental friendly and there is no variable cost of fuel. However, having wind power without planning of demand and evacuation capacity could have its repercussions. Pakistan is in its nascent stage of using wind power. The country is doing experiments. It is important to learn from mistakes. Here effective cost of wind plants to the consumers is computed to evaluate the merits without having necessary infrastructure.…

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Fuel price adjustments come to Karachi

The Karachi electricity consumers will finally be waking up to the reality of the thing called monthly ‘fuel charges adjustment’. Nepra, the other day announced the schedule for collecting FCA from K-Electric consumers for three years starting from July 2016 to June 2019. The said collection has been broken in parts so as to lessen the burden at once – and will be collected over next nine months starting January 2020. So the FCA averages Rs1.32 per month to be collected over nine months. The average comes down to Rs0.33…

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End of coal?

Coal exporters are experiencing the biggest drop in prices in over a decade. Global appetite for coal had been declining throughout 2019 primarily because of the declining demand in western economies. As a policy, both Europe and U.S. have been slowing moving away from coal-fired power plants, and toward cheaper and greener energy. This was a finding of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in a recent report. Coal-based electricity will take a smaller share in the global energy mix over the next decade. However, there is a clear shift in…

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Govt urged to speed up reforms in the energy sector

ISLAMABAD: The government should speed up reforms in the energy sector so that the economy can progress in a sustainable manner, a business leader said Monday. The infamous circular debt has reached Rs1.7 trillion and it will surpass Rs two trillion by the next year posing a serious threat to the economy, said Shahid Rasheed Butt former president ICCI. He said that rising prices of electricity and gas will jeopardise industrial future of the country, therefore, mismanagement and inefficiency in these sectors should be tackled. Shahid Rasheed Butt said that…

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$400 million investment over five years: Consortium to bid for Abu Dhabi oil block

A consortium of PPL, Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL), Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and Government Holdings Private Limited (GHPL) are to participate in a bidding process of one block of hydrocarbon in Abu Dhabi with an investment of $ 400 million spread over five years. PPL has embarked upon an aggressive exploration and development program both within and outside Pakistan to replenish and possibly enhance its oil and gas reserves. During the last five years, the company’s oil and gas exploration and development activities both within Pakistan…

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Towards a biofuel policy for energy security

By SYED AKHTAR ALI ISLAMABAD: Biofuels are agro-based fuels as opposed to fossil fuels, which include both liquid and gaseous forms. Current ethanol production is crop based, called 1G Ethanol, made out of fermentation of corn, sugar and others. Recently, 2G Ethanol (also called advanced liquid biofuel) has been introduced, which is based on cellulosic material such as bio-waste material including crop waste, municipal solid waste, sewage, etc. Biofuels have been mandated for all petroleum products including gasoline, diesel and furnace oil. Biogas and bio-CNG are gaseous inclusions. Our discussion will focus…

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Vietnamese firm keen to import light fans

ISLAMABAD: Vietnamese firm Phat Mechanical Manufacturing Company (Cophaco) has expressed willingness to import light fans from Pakistan for their supply in the local market following increased demand for luxury light fans primarily in resorts and hotels in Vietnam. The firm is one of the most prominent manufacturers of electric fans in Vietnam and exports its products to the US, Thailand and South Korea. According to Pakistan Electric Fan Manufacturers Association, Cophaco intends to import light fans from Pakistan to meet demand in the Vietnamese market. The Engineering Development Board (EDB), along…

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Regulator proposes hike in fuel prices

ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has worked out minor adjustments in the costs of various imported petroleum products in the range of 1.8 per cent to a maximum 3.2pc for January 2020. The Finance Division will make the final decision on Tuesday whether to keep the petroleum products prices unchanged largely as a good gesture of the New Year or pass on the raise to end consumers. The Ogra has worked an increase of Rs2.61 or 2.3pc in the per litre petrol price. In case, government approves…

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2019 Had No Surprises In Karachi’s Transport Projects: Sindh Govt Achieved Nothing Again

In the transport-starved Karachi, 2019 was not a surprising year as like all the previous years since 2009, when the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) came into power in Sindh, not a single mega transport project for Karachi saw the light of day in the outgoing year. Here are the details of the bureaucratic red tape and Sindh government’s apathy that neither did let the ongoing mega transport projects be completed nor did let the approved ones be started. Green Line Karachi’s dream of having a mass transit system inched nearer,…

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New Fuel, Emission Standards For Shipping From January

ON Jan 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is set to impose new emission regulations designed to curb pollution produced by the world’s ships. The new IMO rule is poised to ban shipping vessels using fuel with a sulphur content higher than 0.5 per cent. At present, the upper limit on sulphur oxides is 3.5pc, unless the ships are equipped with exhaust-cleaning systems known as scrubbers, down from 3.5pc. The change is drastic. This meant ships would require a fuel product to meet the more stringent rules. It also…

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