Germany provides EUR 45 million support to Pakistan


ISLAMABAD, FEB 7 (DNA) – Dr. Kazim Niaz, Secretary for Economic Affairs Pakistan, and Mr. Alfred Grannas, German Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, witnessed the ceremony for signing of Euro 45 million agreements on Technical Development Cooperation for starting new bilateral cooperation projects. These new agreements are the result of a longstanding and trustful partnership between the two countries.…

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Overall Generation Cost Of Fossil Fuel-Based Independent Power Plants FY 2022-23

Fossil Fuel-Based Independent Power Plants (IPPs) are integral to ensuring consistent power supply to the populace, particularly in light of the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources. These IPPs mitigate the variability inherent in renewable power generation, thereby enhancing the reliability of the national grid. Notably, in the Fiscal Year 2022-23, Lal Pir Power Plant emerged as the most costly…

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Attock Refinery Limited (ATRL) has posted a substantial increase in its earnings for the first half of fiscal year 2024 (1HFY24), reporting a profit after tax of Rs17.56 billion [EPS: Rs164.7].


This compares to a profit of Rs15.91 billion [EPS: Rs149.21] in the same period last year. The Board of Directors (BoD) has also declared an interim cash dividend of Rs2.50 per share (25%) for the review period. The company’s top line witnessed an 18.12% YoY surge to Rs270.29 billion compared to Rs228.83 billion in the same period last year. Despite…

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Mari acquires working interest in Zarghun South and Nareli Block


Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MARI), one of Pakistan’s largest E&P companies, has acquired a working interest from Spud Energy Pty Ltd (SEPL) in Zarghun South and Nareli Block. Mari shared the development in its notice to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Wednesday. “Mari and SEPL have signed agreements today (February 07, 2024) for the acquisition of 40% working interest…

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China Was Responsible for 96% of Coal Plants Constructed in 2023


China was single-handedly responsible for 96% of global coal power capacity construction last year, cementing its position as the biggest coal builder in the world. Per data, released by Global Energy Monitor and reported by Bloomberg, China last year also accounted for 68% of new coal generation capacity that came online last year and 81% of newly planned coal generation projects. China’s…

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PTA Confirms Internet Services to Remain Operational on Pakistan Election Day.


Islamabad: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has quashed rumors of a planned internet shutdown on election day (February 8), asserting that internet services will continue without interruption. Despite previous concerns and past instances of disruptions, government officials have assured the public of internet accessibility during the upcoming elections. Shutdowns pose significant economic consequences, with telecom companies facing losses of Rs940…

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Ogra Proposes Significant Gas Price Hike to Fulfill IMF Conditions


In response to the IMF’s requirements and to meet a mid-February deadline, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has proposed substantial increases in gas tariffs, aiming to extract an additional Rs100 billion from consumers over the next four months. This move follows a significant tariff hike in November, as part of the government’s commitment to the IMF. Notably, Ogra…

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Cabinet Committee on Energy Approves Amendments to Refineries’ Policy


In a significant development, the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) has greenlit amendments to the Brownfield Refineries’ Policy, addressing the key demands of private sector oil refineries. The revised policy mandates existing refineries to upgrade within six years to produce Euro-V petrol and diesel, with minimal production of low-quality fuels like furnace oil. During the meeting chaired by Minister for…

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Renewal of Sui Mining Lease (Sui ML) Agreement between Balochistan Government and PPL Decided


The federal government has made the decision to renew the Sui Mining Lease (Sui ML) agreement between the Government of Balochistan and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) for a duration of 10 years, commencing from June 1, 2015, to May 31, 2025. This renewal entails a firm payment of Rs 36 billion and a contingent payment of Rs 24 billion, totaling…

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