PPL-operated joint venture discovers gas & condensate in Sindh


Karachi, November 20, 2023: Pakistan Petroleum Limited, operator of Shah Bandar Block (2467-16) (63 percent working interest (WI)) along with joint venture partners Mari Petroleum Company Limited (32 percent WI), Sindh Energy Holding Company Limited and Government Holdings (Private) Limited (2.5 percent WI each) has made a gas and condensate discovery at exploration well Jhim East X-1 in District Sujawal,…

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Navigating Pakistan’s Economic Landscape: Elections, Economic Trends, and the Path to Stability”


Introduction: As Pakistan gears up for general elections scheduled for February 8, there are signs of optimism regarding the resolution of the country’s economic and political challenges. The announcement of a firm election date, following consultations between the Election Commission of Pakistan and the president, has put an end to speculation and controversy. Despite concerns raised by major political parties…

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Advancing Pakistan’s EV Policy


Earlier this month, the government of Punjab declared a smog emergency. A few days later, the Lahore High Court ordered school and office closures twice a week to mitigate smog in the largest city of Punjab. According to a 2018 study, air pollution comes from vehicular emissions, industry and agriculture through crop burning.The electric vehicle revolution Globally, the electric vehicle…

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The fallacy of competitive energy rates


Subsidisation of inefficiency fosters rent-seeking behaviour, impedes capital flow into efficient sectors such as IT ISLAMABAD: The interim government, in its recent policy move, opted to increase gas prices while rejecting the idea of eliminating subsidies for exporters. Export subsidies have been a contentious and enduring issue in Pakistan’s economic landscape for a considerable span of time. The government’s tendency…

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OPEC and IEA at odds on future of oil demand


Despite the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development energy watchdog, continuing to emphasise, and in no uncertain terms, that the era of oil demand growth is coming to an end, what is making Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the Saudi petroleum minister, so ebullient and convinced that the global crude demand will continue to grow in…

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Govt urged to revive five-year development planning


ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised Pakistan to revive its five-year development planning, get climate-sensitive public investment management plans working and publish criteria for project appraisals for transparency to attract global climate financing. The IMF’s guidance comes immediately after the two sides reached a staff-level agreement on the first review of a $3 billion bailout, followed by a public announcement…

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