Powerful committee to be set up to resolve issues between ministries, divisions

Federal Minister for Privatisation Mohammad Mian Soomro chaired an inter-ministerial meeting in Islamabad to discuss and resolve issues regarding privatisation of energy sector entities Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Power and Petroleum Tabish Gohar, Privatisation Federal Secretary Hasan Nasir Jamy and other seniors of the ministry attended the meeting. NPPMCL Chief Executive Officer Dhanpat Kotak and the financial adviser participated via video link. In the meeting, various issues relating to privatisation of the National Power Parks Management Company Ltd (NPPMCL), Nandipur and Guddu power plants, divestment of shares of…

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Energy sector entities’ sell-off: Inter-ministerial moot discusses steps to resolve issues

Federal Minister for Privatisation, Mohammedmian Soomro Thursday chaired an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss and resolve the issues regarding privatisation of energy sector entities. SAPM on Power and Petroleum Tabish Gohar, Federal Secretary Privatisation Hasan Nasir Jamy and other seniors of the ministry attended the meeting. The CEO NPPMCL Dhanpat Kotak and financial advisor participated via video link. Various issues relating to the privatisation of National Power Parks Management Company Ltd (NPPMCL), Nandipur and Guddu Power Plants, Divestment of shares of Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), and Mari Petroleum Company Limited were…

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Pakistan eyes KSA investment in power sector

During the visit, the Prime Minister’s consultations with the Saudi leadership will cover all areas of bilateral cooperation including economic, trade, investment, energy, job opportunities for Pakistani workforce, and welfare of Pakistani Diaspora in the Kingdom. As Prime Minister Imran Khan is set on a three-day official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is eyeing to grab KSA investment in the country’s power sector. “We would wholeheartedly welcome investment from Saudi companies in Pakistan’s energy sector,” said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Power and Petroleum, Tabish…

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Pandemic and the maritime commons- Wages of globalization?

At around 0540 hours GMT on March 23 last, a Panama-flagged 200,000-tonne 400-metre-long cargo container carrier MV Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal. It clogged one of the world’s busiest waterways. Longer than four football fields and wedged across the Egyptian-administered Canal, the vessel caused a traffic jam on both ends. The Ever Given, registered in Panama and operated by the shipping company Evergreen, was bound for the port city of Rotterdam in Netherlands. It commenced its sea voyage from China and was passing northwards through the Canal…

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Ogra cuts LPG price by Rs12.38

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has reduced the price of liquefied petroleum gas by Rs12.38 per kilogram, it announced Friday. A kilogram of LPG will now cost Rs133.25, according to a notification issued by Ogra.The price of an 11.8kg domestic cylinder has been reduced from Rs1,718 to Rs1,575. Related: Pakistan petroleum prices to remain unchanged for next 15 days. The price of a commercial cylinder has gone down to Rs6,055 from Rs6,612, it read. The revised prices will be effective from May 1.

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Jul-Mar period: Budget deficit widens to Rs1.652trn

 Pakistan’s budget deficit has widened to Rs1.652 trillion in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year (July-March 2021), despite Rs413 billion budget surplus by the provinces, according to the Finance Ministry. A summary of consolidated federal and provincial fiscal operations for July-March 2021 uploaded by the Finance Ministry on its website, revealed that fiscal deficit as percentage of GDP increased to 3.6 percent of the GDP following total expenditure of Rs6.644 trillion against the total revenue of Rs4.992 trillion. Primary balance, however, was surplus Rs451.812 billion. The government…

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IEA: Mineral supplies for electric cars ‘must increase 30-fold’ to meet climate goals

At least 30 times as much lithium, nickel and other key minerals may be required by the electric car industry by 2040 to meet global climate targets, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). These metals are among a handful that are considered vital in the manufacture of solar panels, wind turbines and other clean energy technologies. Overall, the Paris-based organisation says the production of these key minerals may need to quadruple over the next two decades to achieve the Paris Agreement target of limiting warming to “well below” 2C, or expand by as…

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LPG sector seeks probe into imports

The local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry has called for formation of an inquiry commission to probe the windfall gains reaped by LPG importers, which have caused losses worth billions of rupees to the local industry and the national exchequer due to disparity in taxes. The industry has also urged the prime minister to take notice of the situation and form a commission, like in the case of oil crisis, to investigate the gains made by the LPG importers. They said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal…

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Stocks end higher on IPPs dues release hints

Stocks on Wednesday barreled ahead for second day on reports that renegotiation of IMF program and release of private power producers’ dues were in the offing, dealers said. Pakistan Stock Exchange’s (PSX) KSE-100 Shares Index gained 0.85 percent or 380.02 points to close at 44,943.61 points. Participation improved to 259.86 million shares from 221.50 million on Tuesday. Amreen Soorani at JS Global Capital said the government had reportedly decided to soon pay Rs90 billion to IPPs that fall under 1994 Policy (and before) under the first payment while the reported…

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Govt to take over K-Electric if utility refuses to sign PPA

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) here on Wednesday made the government intention clear of taking over K-Electric if the utility company continues to avoid signing power purchase agreement (PPA). Regarding the power purchase agreement with K-Electric, the cabinet member said that after repeated failure of Power Division to sign agreement with the power utility, the ECC constituted a four member committee head by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin comprising Minister for Planning and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, Minister or Industries and Production Hammad Azhar and SAPM on Power Tabish Gauhar to…

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