Column: Europe trumping Asia in contest for LNG amid record prices


Australia, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) globally is increasing as exporters respond to strong demand and record high prices, but it appears that Europe is grabbing a bigger share of the extra cargoes than Asia. Imports of the super-chilled fuel are expected to reach 31.70 million tonnes in October, say commodity consultants Kpler, which…

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Oil And Gas Companies Will Never Truly Be Carbon Neutral

The energy transition, net-zero pledges, and increased investor pressure on oil and gas companies to slash emissions have given rise to the latest trend in energy markets—the arrival of the ‘carbon neutral’ oil barrel and the ‘carbon neutral’ liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo.  Oil and gas firms have started to offer those so-called carbon neutral oil and gas shipments. And…

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Gasoline guzzling – a few suggestions


The recent hike in the prices of motor gasoline, more commonly known as petrol, is being widely criticised. The following paragraphs are an attempt at looking for measures which might help in reducing our dependence upon petrol. Historical perspective and current status Historically, Pakistan’s petrol consumption witnessed a 15 fold increase as it rose from 12,500 barrels per day (bpd)…

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From being energy deficient to energy inefficient

The energy problem of Pakistan has always been more of a political subject than a technical one. Occasional on-the-move decisions and short-term planning have turned the situation worse with the passage of time. Every new government resorts to criticising the past one for the mess. For example, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) blamed the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership for…

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The recovery of petroleum profits


The previous fiscal year was one of the most difficult periods for Pakistan’s oil sector. The oil and gas producers, oil refiners and oil marketing companies faced multiple challenges in 2020-21 such as the second and third waves of the Coronavirus pandemic, lockdowns, travel restrictions, economic slump and volatility in international commodity prices. The business environment, however, started to get…

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Sponsors protest hurdles in setting up LNG terminals

The foreign and local sponsors of two upcoming merchant LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminals have complained to the prime minister that their projects are facing roadblocks despite approval by all institutional forums and they may not be able to go ahead with their investment plans in the prevailing conditions. Informed sources told Dawn that both sponsors — Tabeer Energy of Mitsubishi Corporation…

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Mr Minister! It’s Nepra report, not Geo News, which raises questions

Federal Minister for Energy has contradicted the State of Industrial Report 2021, published by the regulator, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), in his tweets and in his limited interaction with the media. Interestingly, he is not offering any other version, but just relying on the denial of the content of report and discrediting the media, which is using the…

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