PM Imran offers Saudi crown prince support on launch of kingdom’s 10 billion-tree drive

Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman support in his plans to launch a 10-billion tree plantation drive, while also inviting him to collaborate on climate change initiatives. “I am delighted to learn about Your Royal Highness’s plans for launching Saudi Green Initiative aimed at protecting the nature and planet. The two initiatives, which, inter alia, include, plantation of 10 billion trees and its upscaling to 50 billion in the region as part of Green Middle East Initiative, are highly commendable,” the premier said in a letter…

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Roaring success of Scottish windfarm shows global potential

It took 10 years to develop the first floating windfarm and it seemed to some a dangerous gamble to put it 15 miles off Aberdeen in the stormiest waters of the North Sea. But after three years of being in operation it has broken world records for maximum output. Its success even outstrips the speed with which Europe’s other offshore windfarms, those standing in shallow water, have gone from being an expensive renewable option to a mainstream power source. Floating windfarms’ worldwide potential is even greater. The scale of the…

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LNG tankers heading to Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands

The following liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are expected to arrive in Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands in the coming weeks. Estimated arrival dates, often revised by port authorities and AIS Live ship-tracking data on Refinitiv Eikon, are updated below. Some tankers heading for Belgium and Britain may be loading at the terminal. Those expected to load are indicated with an (L). Those likely to perform ship-to-ship transfers are indicated with (STS). Tankers that have docked are indicated with (A).

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SC orders forensic audit of pending cases of SNGPL

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered for forensic audit of pending cases of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) and directed the Secretary Energy to file the report within two months. A two-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed conducted hearing of the SNGPL appeal against the reinstatement of its removed employees and issued aforementioned directions. The bench noted that the SNGPL management was not taking interest in the pending cases. The court expressed concern over the large legal team of the company…

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Pakistan possesses great potential for solar energy development: Cheng Xizhong

BEIJING: Luckily, Pakistan has a huge potential for solar energy development with its geographical and climatic conditions. The sunlight is adequate and its distribution is even. The suitable illumination is 300 days per year and 8-9 hours per day. The potential of solar power generation amounts to 2.9 million MW. The government of Pakistan attaches great importance to the development and utilisation of renewable energy, and has formulated the Alternative and Renewable Energy Policy 2020, according to which the renewable energy power generation will increase from the current 5% to…

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Pakistan, Denmark Team Up For Renewable Energy Cooperation

Underscoring the need for strategic energy cooperation between Pakistan and Denmark, both the countries have formed a joint technical working group to develop terms of reference (TORs) for government-to-government (G2G) agreements focusing on energy audit and demand forecast of the Asian nation.This transpired on Monday when Federal Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan held a virtual meeting with Danish technical energy team along with Lis Rosenholm, Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Power Tabish Gauhar and Secretary Power Division Zafar Ali Bhutta also joined the…

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Private sector likely to import LNG by April 21

ISLAMABAD: The private sector is likely to start import of LNG by April 21, 2021 as grant of unutilised Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal capacity is currently in process. According to a private sector importer, the private sector has suggested some changes in third-party rules to the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA). “The amendment in OGRA third party rules is under discussion by the authority and may accommodate our suggestions before we start importing the LNG,” he said. The re-gasification volume is at around 1,000 Million Cubic Feet per…

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Guddu, Nandipur plants may be given to PSO

The Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE) is likely to approve transfer of shares of Guddu and Nandipur power plants with management control to Pakistan State Oil (PSO) under an equity swap arrangement to clear circular debt. Sources told The Express Tribune that a deal would be struck to cover PSO’s receivables from the two power plants. They said that the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCOP) had given directives for placing a summary before the cabinet body on energy for formal approval. PSO was supplying fuel to the two power plants.…

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60pc of energy mix to be clean energy by 2030: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said that by 2030 the country’s 60 percent energy mix would be shifted to clean electricity production through solar, wind, and hydro power. The premier, in a letter to Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, not only expressed his delight over the Kingdom’s plan for launching “Saudi Green Initiative plantation of 10 billion trees in the Kingdom” but also shared experience of the provincial government of planting one billion trees from 2014-18. After successfully planting one billion trees from 2014 to 2018, “10 Billion Tree…

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Pak’s maiden electric bus hits the road in Karachi

Sindh Transport Minister Syed Owais Shah, on Tuesday launched the country’s maiden electric bus in Karachi. Speaking to the media after the launching ceremony, he said more electric buses will be brought to the city’s roads in cooperation with the private sector. As many as 100 electric buses will hit the road by the end of this year, he announced. Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter to congratulate the Sindh government, specially Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and his ministry, on their “remarkable step to add…

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