PM to visit Diamer Basha Dam next week to review construction work

July 11, 2020: Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit strategically important Diamer Basha Dam Project next week to review construction activities, as work on the project has commenced in the wake of swift mobilization of the Contractor to the site. Diamer Basha Dam was marred with delay of decades due to various contributing factors. However, the incumbent Government realigned the project while prioritizing the water and hydropower sectors in its development strategy. Following prompt decision making by the Government and an innovative financial plan by WAPDA to arrange funds for construction…

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Thar Coal Block-II mine & power projects complete 1st year of successful operations

KARACHI – July 10, 2020:  Engro Powergen Thar (Private) Limited (EPTL) – a majority owned Company of Engro Energy – and Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) – a joint venture  of the Government of Sindh and Engro Energy with other corporate partners – have successfully completed one full year of commercial operations of both Block II mine and power plant.  SECMC successfully unearthed the first layer of coal in June 2018, completed all steady state production of on-specification coal and commenced commercial operations for 3.8 million tons per annum…

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Before the virus, Asia’s ecosystems were buckling under overtourism. When the tourists return, it has to be different

Before the pandemic put a stop to most international travel, each year millions of people flocked to Southeast Asia’s white sandy beaches, ancient temples and diverse wildlife.Last year, 133 million tourists visited the region, spurred by an increase in arrivals from China, which is now the world’s largest market for outbound travel.In some places the crowds became so intense it caused locals, environmentalists and even governments to complain that overtourism was pushing the region’s fragile ecosystems to breaking point.Coral die-offs, vanishing marine life, damaged cultural sites and idyllic islands overflowing with plastic and…

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The inside story of loadshedding in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: The K-Electric had informed the concerned authorities in January about its fuel requirements for the month of June but the approval for oil import was not granted in time, it emerged Saturday. During a public hearing on Friday, K-Electric chief executive Moonis Alvi had also blamed the federal government for delaying the required approvals which curtailed its power generation capacity leading to excessive power outages in the metropolis. The crisis in Karachi has invited severe criticism from the opposition, government, and civil society, but the power utility said that…

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KE May Induct Rental Projects for Limited Period

ISLAMABAD: The K-Electric (KE) and the power regulator on Friday hinted at inducting rental power projects and doing away with peak and off-peak tariff during the period of prolonged power cuts amid severe criticism from consumers over poor service and call for ending monopoly by allowing more utilities in the country’s largest metro-politan of 15 million. These were the key takeaways of a public hearing conducted by the National Electric network but the key problem was generation constraints. Nepra Chairman Tauseef H. Farooqi raised questions about the performance of the…

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