K-Electric blames SSGC for power outages

K-Electric has said that continuous disruption in the power supply is out of its hands as the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) was not providing the agreed quantity of gas. The statement was issued amid prolonged power outages affecting industrial, commercial and residential consumers equally. The K-Electric, however, added that the port city, which is solely dependent on the utility provider for electricity, would be in a much better situation in 2021 with the arrival of new LNG plants. A statement issued by the spokesperson of KE said that the…

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Pakistan Making Shift to Clean Power Production and Lower Energy Costs with World Bank Support

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2020 – Today, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved $450 million in financing to support Pakistan’s transition to renewable energy resources that reduce its reliance on fossil fuel imports and lower costs of electricity production. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hydropower and Renewable Energy Development Project will help shift the national energy mix to domestic clean resources by investing in renewable energy generation, including hydropower and solar, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. It will also help strengthen energy sector institutions to better manage a growing portfolio of renewable…

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Govt estimates IPP talks could save Rs856bn over next decade

ISLAMABAD: The government is claiming to have saved about Rs856 billion over a period of 10 years on account of renegotiation with independent power producers (IPPs) and change in terms of contracts and closure of public sector power projects. This was the crux of a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) presided over by Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar. The CCOE constituted a committee led by Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan to effectuate revisions in various terms and conditions into formal agreements. The CCoE “reviewed…

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Consortium to invest hugely in two mega projects, PM told

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan was informed on Thursday that some leading businessmen of the country have formed a consortium to make a huge investment in two mega development projects — Urban Development and Bundle Island Project (UDBSP) in Karachi and Ravi River Front Urban Development Project (RRFUDP). In a separate meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on Housing, Construction and Development, the prime minister was apprised that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has fetched Rs55 billion in two recent auctions of commercial and residential plots. In another meeting…

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Body formed to formalise new pacts with IPPs

ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday set up an implementation committee to convert legally non-binding understandings with 47 independent power producers into legal agreements to secure an estimated amount of Rs836 billion in savings over the next 28 years. After a formal revision in power purchase agreements, the federal government would save an average of Rs30 billion a year during this period. The decision to form the implementation committee was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE), chaired by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar. The Power Division…

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Myanmar’s 1 GW solar tender concludes with lowest bid of $0.0348/kWh

The country’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy allocated all tendered solar capacity in its first procurement exercise for large-scale PV. Final prices ranged from $0.0348 to $0.051 per kWh. China Machinery Engineering and Sungrow were the main winners, securing eight and nine projects, respectively. Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has concluded a 1 GW PV tender it launched in May by allocating all of the procured capacity. Final prices ranged from $0.0348/kWh to $0.051/kWh, according to a list of winning bidders, published by China Dialogue, a nonprofit organization. The biggest winners…

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Consumers suffer amid K-Electric, SSGC tiff

KARACHI: Pakistan’s hub of economic activities, Karachi, continued to face prolonged power outages on Wednesday that badly crippled industrial output at a time when the economy is poised to recover from the historic Covid-19 depression. K-Electric, the sole power production, transmission and distribution firm responsible to supply power across the city of ports and other parts of Sindh and Balochistan, failed to meet the energy needs as it cited low gas pressure as reason for the outages.  It has held the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSSGC) responsible for the power…

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PTI govt waives guarantee fee on Chinese loans taken to build nuclear plants in Karachi

The federal government has waived the guarantee fee on the Chinese loans being taken to construct two nuclear power plants in Karachi and also sought a report on the total outstanding employee-related liabilities of the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM).  The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Wednesday approved to write off 0.5% guarantee fee on the foreign loans of the K2/K3 projects. The decision will help reducing the power projects construction cost by Rs12 billion, said a handout of the Ministry of Finance.  Adviser to the Prime Minister…

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Visualizing the Importance of Environmental Management in Mining

A mine will always impact the environment, but the question is to what degree? The responsible management of natural resources and ecosystems such as soils, plants, animals, water and air, and the services they provide, is central to the efforts of any society seeking to become more sustainable. The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining “IGF” has identified four issues that governments could effectively manage to reach sustainability goals. Water Management Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Mine Waste Management Emergency Preparedness These four key issues are critical for governments and communities to consider to ensure…

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India Topped Its Strategic Petroleum Reserves With $19 A Barrel Oil

India used the ultra-low crude oil prices earlier this year to top its strategic petroleum reserves with oil at $19 a barrel, saving nearly US$700 million in the process, India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas said on Monday. “Taking advantage of the low crude oil prices in international market, India purchased 16.71 million barrels (mbbl) of crude in April – May, 2020 and filled all the three Strategic Petroleum Reserves created at Vishakhapatnam, Mangalore and Padur,” the ministry said in a statement, quoting Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan as telling…

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