660MW coal power plant faces delay

The beginning of commercial production by Lucky Cement’s 660-megawatt local coal-fired power project worth over $1 billion has faced a delay of around five months due to inability of the government to finish construction of transmission lines on time in the wake of Covid-19. The company has, however, refused to accept excuses from government agencies responsible to build the required…

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Divestment of Mari shares hits snag

ISLAMABAD:ISLAMABAD:ISLAMABAD:The divestment of government of Pakistan’s remaining shares in Mari Petroleum has been held back due to observations made by the anticorruption watchdog. Sources told The Express Tribune that a meeting was held in the first week of January at the Privatisation Commission to discuss the divestment of Mari Petroleum’s shares. The meeting was chaired by the privatisation minister and…

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NEPRA questions furnace oil use in power generation

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has once again questioned the use of expensive furnace oil instead of re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) for electricity generation in December 2020. The regulator has also questioned the diversion of gas from power plants to other sectors during the month. At a public hearing of a petition of the Central Power Purchasing…

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Ex-KE MD made head of reconstituted NTDC board

ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday reconstituted the board of directors of the National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC) under the chairmanship of former managing director of K-Electric Naveed Ismail. According to a notification issued by the Power Division, seven out of 11 members of the existing board have been replaced. All the independent directors are new faces on the board…

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Karachi ranks as second most polluted city in the world today

KARACHI: Pakistan Meteorological Department said the city’s weather is likely to remain dry and cold during the next 24 hours on Thursday. According to the Air Quality Index, Karachi has been ranked second among the most polluted cities in the world today. The minimum temperature recorded in the provincial capital city today was 9.2°C. However, due to the haze, the…

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