Pakistan hopes to save $3bn in new gas deal with Qatar

Pakistan’s landmark, new deal with Qatar for liquefied natural gas at lower rates will save Islamabad a total of about $3 billion over the next 10 years, an adviser to the country’s prime minister said Monday.The agreement, signed last Friday, will save the state $317 million annually due to the reduced price of the gas compared to the 2015 agreement between the two countries, according to Nadeem Babar, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s adviser on petroleum.This “will result in the lowering of the overall cost of liquefied natural gas” imported from…

Read More

A slower quarter for E&Ps

The E&P sector’s production of crude oil and natural gas has been declining in recent years due to depleting reserves and discoveries smaller in size. E&P sector’s production flows in 2QFY21 continued to fall with around 6 and 4 percent fall in oil and gas production year-on-year, respectively. Crude oil production during 1HFY21 fell by around 6 percent year-on-year, while gas production declined by 3 percent year-on-year. Decline in production flows along with falling crude oil prices is a key factor for falling revenues in the E&P sector. Oil prices…

Read More

LNG deal: favourable or not

wo major industries around the world – arms and energy – have continued to dominate for a long time and have driven diplomatic and strategic relations between different countries. Energy diplomacy leads to interdependence on each other. Energy trade is not only confined to commercial business but it also provides opportunities for countries to expand their footprint in foreign markets. Traditionally, the oil lobby has been powerful around the world for decades. However with changing energy dynamics, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) lobby is emerging rapidly as several countries are increasingly using LNG as…

Read More

Govt Opens Energy Market For Power Generation Companies: Omar Ayub

Pakistan Point News – 24th Feb, 2021 ) :Federal Minister for Power Division Omar Ayub Khan on Wednesday said the government plans to open the energy market for the competitive bidding process to be initiated this year soon after the approval of Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP). Addressing Financial Closure ceremony of 250 MW solar power projects, the minister expressed the hope that with the addition of clean and cheap renewable energy (RE) generation, they would be able to achieve the strategic objectives of affordable electricity for all whereas…

Read More

High global oil prices may trigger Pakistan’s economic crisis

As international oil prices rise rapidly, Pakistan needs to gear up to face the economic challenges that it would trigger. This spike in the global oil prices is likely to result in a surge in inflation, a high import bill and an enlarged fiscal deficit. The international benchmark crude oil Brent was up $1.06, or 1.6%, at $65.30 a barrel by 0204 GMT, after earlier hitting a high of $66.38. US crude rose 81 cents, or 1.4%, to $62.51 a barrel, after hitting a session high of $62.73. Both benchmarks…

Read More

Commercial use of flare gas: Dispute among Ogra members creates stalemate

ISLAMABAD: The disagreement among the Ogra members and its functionaries is pushing the future of flare gas to the danger zone as various sectors of economy, including CNG sector, want to use the commodity knowing the fact the country sustains annual losses of $109.5 million because of failure to use flare gas after its proper treatment. This was stated in a letter by Member Gas on February 11, 2021 to the-then acting chairman (member finance) and member oil. The Member Gas said: “Confusion on the issuance of flare gas licenses…

Read More

Pakistan gets $1.1bn financing to import oil, LNG

ISLAMABAD: With sub-optimal utilisation of earlier $4.5 billion worth of three-year financing framework, Pakistan and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) on Wednesday signed a $1.1bn trade financing facility for the current year. Under the Annual Financing Plan, “ITFC will mobilise trade financing of $1.1bn during the year 2021”, said an official statement after the signing ceremony. The financing available through this facility will be utilised by the Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Pak-Arab Refinery Ltd (Parco) and Pakistan LNG Ltd (PLL) for the import of crude oil, refined petroleum…

Read More

Coal accounts for 32pc of total power generation in January

LAHORE: Coal-based power generation in January rose to the seven-month high of 2,560 gigawatt hours (GWh) as total generation from different fuels increased by 3.7 per cent to 8,079 GWh from 7,794 GWh a year ago and by 2.5 per cent from 7,880 GWh from the previous month. Coal power generation in the country peaked at 2,581 GWh in July last year before sliding back to 1,095 GWh in November. As a ratio of total generation in any given month in the last three years since the beginning of 2018,…

Read More

Traders, including Trafigura, supply Mexico with emergency LNG – sources

MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil trading firms, including Trafigura, are supplying Mexico with emergency cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to overcome a power crisis caused by interrupted U.S. natural gas supplies, three sources close to the purchases said. Mexico’s state-run power company Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) last week resorted to LNG imports as natural gas supplies from the southern United States, especially neighboring Texas, were hit by frozen pipelines and rocketing prices caused by a cold snap. The trading companies were able to divert LNG cargoes going…

Read More

Current account deficit at $229m

Pakistan recorded a current account deficit – higher foreign expenditures compared to income – for the second successive month in January at $229 million mainly due to increase in import of food items, industrial raw material and machinery. The growth in imports – mainly of industrial goods and machinery – indicates expansion in businesses and growth in economic activities in the country as the economy largely depends on them. Receipt of higher remittances from overseas Pakistanis offset the impact of growth in import payments on the current account deficit. The…

Read More