IMF Pressures Pakistan on Power Rates Amid Expected Rupee Devaluation

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ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged Pakistan to base the next increase in power tariffs on an anticipated further devaluation of the rupee rather than assuming the current stable value of the local currency. This recommendation could exacerbate the already significant burden on electricity consumers, as the government had previously planned a rate hike of up to Rs7…

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Government Reviews K-Electric Model for DISCOs Privatization

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ISLAMABAD: The federal government is examining the K-Electric (KE) privatization model while considering various options for the privatization of other power distribution companies (DISCOs). A committee formed by the prime minister recently held extensive deliberations to determine the most suitable model for the power sector, focusing on privatization and concession models. The discussion aimed to address critical issues and identify…

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Government Seeks to Shift Cost of Defaulters’ Bills to Paying Consumers

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ISLAMABAD: Struggling to recover over Rs1.3 trillion in outstanding dues from chronic private defaulters, the government has proposed an immediate additional cost of Rs1.45 per unit to be charged to paying power consumers for three months, aiming to raise an additional Rs52 billion. At a public hearing led by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) Chairman Waseem Mukhtar, the Power…

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WAPDA Chairman Visits Diamer-Bhasha Dam Site

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GILGIT: WAPDA Chairman, retired Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani, visited the Diamer-Bhasha Dam site on Friday to review the ongoing construction activities and assess the progress of the work. During the visit, Mr. Ghani was informed that work is actively underway at 14 key sites of the project, which is located across the Indus River, 40 km downstream of Chilas town…

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OGDCL ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION ENHANCEMENTAT NASHPA WELL-10 IN DISTRICT KARAK

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ISLAMABAD, May 17, 2024: Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has announced a significant production enhancement at Nashpa Well-10, located in the Karak District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as part of its production enhancement campaign. Through a production enhancement strategy, OGDCL has implemented rigless intervention techniques in various formations, resulting in a significant increase in hydrocarbon production. With the…

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Korean Firm Wins Arbitration Case Against NTDC Over Patrind Hydropower Project

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ISLAMABAD: In a significant legal setback for the Government of Pakistan, the Korean firm Star Hydro Power Limited (SHPL) has triumphed in its case against the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) in the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). The dispute centered on the inclusion of escalated costs in the true-up tariff and NTDC’s failure to evacuate electricity from…

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Pakistan Seeks Extension on $15.36bn Chinese IPPs Debt Amid IMF Review

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ISLAMABAD: As an IMF team arrives to assess Pakistan’s debt repayment capabilities, the country is considering a 5-year extension on the $15.36 billion debt owed to Chinese Independent Power Producers (IPPs). This move requires approval from the Chinese government and its IPPs, necessitating extensive negotiations. A top official confirmed to The News that reducing consumer tariffs by Rs1.1 from 2024-2029…

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OGRA Endorses PSO’s Exchange Rate Adjustment Claim

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ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has validated Pakistan State Oil’s (PSO) claim for an exchange rate adjustment of Rs1.43 per litre on high-speed diesel (HSD) and 32 paisa per litre on petrol. This adjustment will be incorporated in the petroleum price review for May 16-31. During the first half of May, PSO’s exchange rate adjustment was negative…

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Govt Plans Conversion of Imported Coal-Run Power Plants to Thar Coal

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ISLAMABAD: The government intends to convert three power plants currently running on imported coal to utilize Thar coal, in collaboration with the Chinese government, according to sources from Business Recorder. Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, Ahsan Iqbal, who recently visited China, has been tasked with engaging the National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) to facilitate the…

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Government Proposes Carbon Tax on Fuel to Secure IMF Support

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Insiders say move will facilitate green bonds, cheaper loans from multilateral institutions Withholding tax on bank transactions for non-filers likely to be hiked; carrot-and-stick approach to broaden tax baseFiscal adjustment of Rs1.6 trillion likely through additional revenue measures, privatisation ISLAMABAD: In a bid to secure continued support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the government is considering introducing a carbon…

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