Pakistan cuts April LNG shipments amid growing risks to South Asian gas demand

Singapore — Pakistan has cut its April LNG cargo deliveries as the country’s coronavirus lockdown eats into domestic natural gas consumption, while Bangladesh could be the next country in South Asia to push back on LNG shipments after it introduced a lockdown last week. Nationwide closures now pose major risks to South Asia’s LNG imports after a 21-day shutdown prompted Indian gas companies and ports to make force majeure declarations last week, raising concerns about surplus cargoes being dumped on the spot market. Pakistan has long-term contracts for the import of…

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Energy contracts: Government seeks to declare force majeure clause

The stakeholders are in discussion at different levels to declare force majeure on LNG and IPPs as per contracts due to COVID-19. Energy sector experts claim that LNG contracts with Qatar Gas, Gunvor and others and all the IPPs, contracts with capacity payments were executed at high rates and brought serious misery and financial hardship to the country, industry and the general public. The energy experts are of the view that present COVID-19 pandemic has added more stress on the country’s finances so much so that if something is not…

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Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers

Hosepipes inside a sperm whale, plastic banana bags eaten by green turtles and a shotgun cartridge inside a True’s beaked whale. Just some of the examples of plastic found inside wildlife that have been documented in scientific reports. Researchers went through records of plastic eaten by aquatic creatures to find out more about the risks. They say the length of an animal can be used to estimate how big a piece of plastic it might accidentally consume. They hope the data can be used to find out more about the…

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KE will charge you for average electricity consumption in April

Karachiites will get their electricity bills for April on a consumption average basis, as the K-Electric management has decided to suspend the physical meter reading process due to the coronavirus lockdown. This was confirmed by K-Electric representatives to SAMAA Digital. The KE spokesperson said the management has decided not to expose staff in any physical exercise. “We have decide to suspend the physical process of meter reading in Karachi amid coronavirus fears,” he said, adding that the management will send bills on the basis of their average electricity consumption. How will…

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Pakistan’s number of coronavirus cases could be much higher than given statistics

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s health experts as well as the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) officials have expressed fears the country’s efforts to control coronavirus could end in complete jeopardy as still, there is no data available on the possible number of coronavirus cases in the country. Presently, there are more than 1,600 confirmed cases of virus reported in the country but according to eminent scientist Dr Ataur Rahman, who is also Chairman the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science & Technology, the number could be much higher in the coming days. While…

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COVID-19: Qatar to supply three, not five, LNG cargoes a month to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: In an unusual development, Qatar has extended major solace to Pakistan by reducing the LNG supply to three cargoes from five in a month as was demanded by PTI government as the country was unable to absorb the LNG mainly because of massive dip in its demand due to lockdown imposed in the wake of COVID-19 spread, a senior official at the Petroleum Division told The News. “This will also provide relief to the government per month as the LNG import from Qatar is at higher side which is…

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Wind Power Continues Its March Into The Energy Mainstream

Global economic activity is on hold at the moment, but 2019 was a boom year for wind energy, with more than 60GW of capacity installed around the world. New figures from the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) Global Wind Energy Report show that installations were 19% higher than the year before and the second-highest ever. Total capacity is now 651GW. However, the market needs to grow even more if we are to meet our climate targets, the organization says. China and the US dominate the global market for onshore wind…

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Lockdown is an opportunity to address air pollution’

The lockdown enforced by the Sindh government in the province amid coronavirus fears is an opportunity for the relevant authorities to evaluate the urban sprawl, mass transportation and industrial needs of Karachi and curb harmful carbon emissions here, stated the National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH). NFEH president Naeem Qureshi, in a statement released on Saturday, said that the lockdown in the city – one of the biggest industrial hubs of the world – has lowered the level of air pollution. “With public transportation completely halted, minimal use of…

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WHO Reviews ‘Current’ Evidence On Coronavirus Transmission Through Air

The World Health Organization says the virus that causes COVID-19 doesn’t seem to linger in the air or be capable of spreading through the air over distances of more than about 3 feet. But at least one expert in virus transmission said it’s way too soon to know that. “I think the WHO is being irresponsible in giving out that information. This misinformation is dangerous,” says Dr. Donald Milton, an infectious disease aerobiologist at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. The WHO says that “according to current evidence,” the virus is…

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