2019 TURNS OUT TO BE A HISTORIC YEAR FOR HYDROPOWER, WATER SECTORS

December 27, 2019: The year 2019 turned out to be a historic one for development of water and hydropower resources in Pakistan, as record generation of hydel electricity was supplied to the National Grid during the year, besides initiating construction work on Mohmand Dam in May this year after five decades. The hydel power stations owned and operated by WAPDA provided 34.678 billion units of hydel electricity – highest-ever contribution – to the system in 2019. This quantum of generation is 6.321 billion units more if compared with that of the…

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Karachi industrialists lambaste gas shortages

KARACHI: Leaders representing Karachi Industrial Forum and members of different textile bodies have criticised the utility company over its failure to supply gas to industrial units and warned of protests in case the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) failed to restore gas at normal pressure. Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Thursday, they said that by curtailing gas supply to Karachi industry, around 57 per cent of country’s industries have been affected in addition to hindering 54pc of the total exports. The gas crisis is bound…

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Government urged to resolve CNG crisis

Chairman of All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) Ghiyas Paracha while expressing serious concerns over the closure of CNG stations across the country has urged the government to resolve the crisis on immediate basis otherwise the association along with transporters will take to the roads and streets. He said that following the closure of CNG stations in Punjab, Sindh, Islamabad now the government has suspended gas supply to the CNG pumps of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). He said that CNG stations based in Punjab and Islamabad were not using indigenous gas…

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Local refineries approach govt as furnace oil crisis looms

Amid reports of furnace oil crisis, local Pakistani refineries including National Refinery Limited and Attock Refinery Limited have decided to take up the matter to the Ministry of Energy. “Reference to several articles published in several newspapers on the issue of Furnace Fuel Oil (FFO) crisis being faced by local refineries, the company’s management along with other local refineries has taken up this matter with the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division),” said Attock Refinery Limited, in their announcement to PSX. A similar statement was shared by the National Refinery Limited.…

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NEPRA raises electricity tariff by Rs1.56 per unit

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has dropped another inflation bomb on electricity users, as it increased on Wednesday power tariff once again. The electric power regulator NEPRA has approved a hike Rs1.56 per unit increase in electricity prices, which would add a burden of Rs14.50 billion on the pockets of consumers. As per details, NEPRA Chairman Tausif H Farooq chaired a request for increase in electricity prices in the wake of the Central Power Purchasing Agency’s (CPPA) monthly fuel adjustment. The CPPA had argued in the petition that…

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Saudi Arabia, Kuwait end dispute over shared oil fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have ended a nearly five-year-long dispute over shared oil fields and have agreed to resume oil production from the divided Neutral Zone, but stressed this would not change their OPEC commitments to crude oil production cuts. The allied Gulf Arab nations signed the agreement in Kuwait City on Tuesday. Local media reported that about 300,000 barrels per day were being pumped from the area before the dispute halted production in early 2015. The divided zone, located between the two neighboring countries’ land borders, can produce…

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Deadlock persists as provinces refuse to give up ‘first right of use’ of natural gas

ISLAMABAD: Provinces have turned down a proposal floated by the federal government that asks provinces to withdraw their first right of use over natural gas and give top priority to domestic consumers across the country. The proposal, taken up by the Council of Common Interests (CCI) in its recent meeting, was aimed at overcoming the emerging gas crisis in winter. Under Article 158 of the Constitution, gas-producing provinces like Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh have the first right of use over the natural resource found in their jurisdictions. However, Punjab, which has…

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