Towards a biofuel policy for energy security

By SYED AKHTAR ALI ISLAMABAD: Biofuels are agro-based fuels as opposed to fossil fuels, which include both liquid and gaseous forms. Current ethanol production is crop based, called 1G Ethanol, made out of fermentation of corn, sugar and others. Recently, 2G Ethanol (also called advanced liquid biofuel) has been introduced, which is based on cellulosic material such as bio-waste material including crop waste, municipal solid waste, sewage, etc. Biofuels have been mandated for all petroleum products including gasoline, diesel and furnace oil. Biogas and bio-CNG are gaseous inclusions. Our discussion will focus…

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Vietnamese firm keen to import light fans

ISLAMABAD: Vietnamese firm Phat Mechanical Manufacturing Company (Cophaco) has expressed willingness to import light fans from Pakistan for their supply in the local market following increased demand for luxury light fans primarily in resorts and hotels in Vietnam. The firm is one of the most prominent manufacturers of electric fans in Vietnam and exports its products to the US, Thailand and South Korea. According to Pakistan Electric Fan Manufacturers Association, Cophaco intends to import light fans from Pakistan to meet demand in the Vietnamese market. The Engineering Development Board (EDB), along…

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Regulator proposes hike in fuel prices

ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has worked out minor adjustments in the costs of various imported petroleum products in the range of 1.8 per cent to a maximum 3.2pc for January 2020. The Finance Division will make the final decision on Tuesday whether to keep the petroleum products prices unchanged largely as a good gesture of the New Year or pass on the raise to end consumers. The Ogra has worked an increase of Rs2.61 or 2.3pc in the per litre petrol price. In case, government approves…

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Russian company to initiate feasibility study of undersea gas pipeline in 2020

ISLAMABAD: Russian company Gazprom is set to initiate the feasibility study in the first quarter of 2020 for laying down undersea pipeline starting from Persian Gulf to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh initially that will ultimately end to China after touching Myanmar and Thailand, a senior official of the Petroleum Division privy to the development told The News. The pipeline will pass through shallow waters of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh and every country will get the gas from the pipeline as per requirements. The total cost of the undersea pipeline will…

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Ignoring Renewable Energy

The power management policy of the government has some serious problems. In the annual off-peak period – around this time when the demand for energy is much lower than the summer months – the government has stopped purchasing power from the Jhimpir Wind Corridor. Instead of utilising the 980 MWs that can be generated from renewable energy using this wind corridor, the government is instead choosing to buy its power from coal and regasified liquid natural gas plants. The whole point of encouraging investment in the renewable energy sector was…

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Karachi Breeze Red Line to become Pakistan’s first Waste-to-Fuel transport project

KARACHI, PAKISTAN: The Karachi Breeze Red Line Project which is being implemented by the Government of Sindh, will be the first ever transport system in Pakistan to use bio-methane produced from animal waste as a fuel resource for its 213 bus fleet thus providing an efficient and affordable transport solution for citizens and significantly reducing carbon emission level from the city. The project will have an estimated cost of PKR 78, 384.33 million and will provide transport services for 300,000 people daily.  The feasibility and design for the biogas project…

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Power tariff raised to meet IMF target

ISLAMABAD: To meet another target before a mee­ting of the executive board of the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF), the government on Thursday app­roved an increase of 26 paisa per unit in electricity tariff, instead of 15 paisa allowed by the power regulator. This decision was made at a meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet that also further increased wheat support price by Rs15 per 40kg to Rs1,365 and exempted two LNG-based power projects in Punjab from ‘guaranteed take or pay’ of 66 per cent gas quantities…

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World’s largest electric vehicles manufacturer BYD all set to enter Pakistan

BYD, the Chinese multinational company and world’s largest electric vehicles manufacturer with turnover of $250 billion, is all set to enter Pakistan. The development was announced by Pakistan Electric Vehicles & Parts Manufacturers and Traders Association (PEVPMTA) General Secretary Shaukat Qureshi while talking to local media. “Toyota, the world auto giant, for the first time signed an agreement on November 7, 2019, to develop Electric Vehicles with BYD, the world’s largest electric vehicles manufacturer, with 44 plants around the globe employing 250,000 personals, with turnover of $250 billion,” he said.…

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Auction for 40 new gas, oil sites to be held in Dec:Omar

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP):Federal Minister for Power and Petroleum, Omar Ayub Khan on Friday said that the Petroleum sub-Sector offering huge oil and gas exploration opportunities of around 40 new sites for which auction will be conducted in the month of December 2019. In a meeting with German Ambassador Bernhard Schlangheck who called on him at his office, he said the Pakistan’s Energy Sector is fast flourishing as its sub-Power Sector was offering around 60 Billion Dollar market in its renewable energy generation, transmission and Distribution system, said a press…

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End to gas deal for RLNG power plants: PSO scuttles Power Division’s move

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has scuttled the move of Power Division seeking end to utilisation by RLNG power plants minimum 66 percent supply of imported gas on annual basis guaranteed in the deal saying it is simply not acceptable as it will lead to huge financial losses to the national exchequer and public sector companies involved in LNG supply chain. In a letter written on October 31, 2019 to Petroleum Division which is in possession of The News, the state owned PSO has opposed the Power Division’s proposal branding…

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