Energy shortfall to be resolved through indigenous resources
Parvez Jabri November 28, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Tuesday said the government would resolve energy shortfall through indigenous resources which would help reduce dependency on important fuel. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Exxon Mobil here, the minister said under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government would bring investment based development, said a press release. Giving favorable environment to multi-national companies was the priority of the government, he said and added that Exxon Mobil was an example of foreign direct investment. He thanked the management of Exxon Mobil for re-entering Pakistan industry after 3 decades. Chairwoman, Exxon Mobil Emma Cochrane was also present on the occasion.
SNGPL received 2.4mn applications for domestic connections
Shoaib Ur Rehman November 26, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has received around 2.4 million applications for domestic connections during the last two years, while company is working on a target to add 0.6 million new consumers during the current fiscal year. “SNGPL has received about 2.4 million applications for new gas connections. Last year, the SNGPL had provided gas connections to 600,000 consumers and in the current year the company has requested the OGRA to allow the same number of connections,” an official told APP. Answering a question, he said the company is providing gas connections to consumers on the basis of first come first serve. “All the information regarding new gas connection is available at the website of the company” he added. About the connection in the Islamabad territory, he said, the company is entertaining the applications submitted by June 30, 2017, adding that both SNGPL and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) companies are likely to provide over one million new gas connections in their respective areas during the fiscal year 2018-19. “Both the companies have also planned to lay 12,898 km of transmission and distribution pipelines in their respective networks,” he added. He said Pakistan has an extensive gas network of over 12,829 km transmission, 132,065 km distribution and 34,631 services gas pipelines to cater the requirement of more than 8.9 million consumers across the country. To another, question he said overall the country produces 4,170 mmcfd of gas compared with demand for 5,495 mmcfd. Sharing the province-wise data, he said, Punjab is producing 119 million cubic feet of gas (mmcfd) and getting 1,000 mmcfd, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) is producing 411 mmcfd and getting 296 mmcfd, Sindh is producing 2,320 mmcfd against consumption of 1,696 mmcfd and Balochistan is producing 467 mmcfd against demand for 292 mmcfd.
Pakistan gateway to energy-rich Central Asia: LCCI
Fawad MaqsoodNovember 24, 2018 LAHORE: Pakistan has the most important geographic locations which made this country a principal gateway to the energy-rich Central Asian Republics (CARs) while sharing of borders with economic giant like China. Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President Almas Hyder expressed these views while addressing a 27-member delegation of foreign diplomats from West Africa, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Nepal, Thailand, Kenya, China, West Indies, Maldives, South Africa, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Gambia and various other countries, led by Foreign Service Academy (FSA) Chairman Shahbaz Malik. LCCI Vice President Fahim-ur-Rehman Saigal, former President Sohail Lashari and Executive Committee Members also spoke on the occasion. Almas Hyder said that Pakistan provided the shortest link to Central Asian Republics and China, and was sure to become the trade and energy corridor to these countries in near future. One Belt One Road Initiative had already laid the foundation for it and CPEC (Chian Pakistan Economic Corridor) was all set to transform this dream into reality. He said that Pakistan had a rich and diverse economic base, citing, “Our economic activities range from agriculture based raw material to aircraft manufacturing. Our economy has proved itself to be one of the most resilient economies of the world. Despite challenges, we are doing our level best to exploit the immense potential abundantly available in almost all sectors of the economy.” LCCI Vice President Fahim-ur-Rehman Saigal gave a detailed overview of Pakistan’s economy. The FSA Chairman Shahbaz Malik said that the academy offered a six-week training programme to foreign diplomats with a purpose to portray real image of Pakistan to the world. During question-answer session, Diplomat from Azerbaijan said that the image of Pakistan was very good in Azerbaijan and the credit goes the Ambassadors of both sides and the effective role of embassies. Diplomat from Kenya said that Pakistan should get full advantages from Free Africa Trade Agreement. He was interested to have business in Pakistan. The LCCI President Almas Hyder invited him to sign MoU with LCCI. He said that Pakistan was ready to export experienced farmers to many countries. Kirgizstan’s representative said, “There are a lot of fields in Kirgizstan for Pakistani investors. We should work to enhance trade volume between the two countries.” Diplomat from Uganda said that there was huge trade deficit between the two countries and Uganda’s import from Pakistan was US $ 258 million dollars but its export to Pakistan was meager. Almas Hyder informed the diplomats that LCCI had planned a delegation to five countries soon to explore trade and investment opportunities. He also briefed the diplomats about efforts of the Lahore Chamber regarding ease of doing business and LCCI Corporate Social Responsibilities.
Govt, trying to provide cheap electricity to consumers
Parvez JabriNovember 21, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan Tuesday said that the government was trying to provide cheap electricity to the consumers and increasing dependence on unique technology as well. Talking to PTV, he said the government had not increased prices of electricity for poor people and it facilitated the agriculture sector. The minister said to up grade the system, the government was taking concrete measures for stopping steeling of electricity in the country, adding that no remission would be given to those found involved in electricity theft, however, the government was keenly interested for smooth supply of electricity all over the country. He said the incumbent government was taking steps to improve power system within its first 100 days of economic agenda. A new technology is being imported for streamlining all the power supplying system soon, he added. Replying to a question, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan was visiting different countries and taking transparent decisions in the larger interest of the country. The government was taking all those steps which would be helpful to strengthen the national economy, the minister said. To another query, he said water reservoirs are essential for the country otherwise issue of food security could be raised in future.
Business community lauds uninterrupted gas supply to zero rated sector
Parvez JabriNovember 14, 2018 ISLAMABAD: The business community Wednesday hailed the government’s decision of uninterrupted gas supply to the zero rated export oriented sectors saying that the gas supply to more than 2,000 industrial units would help them in boosting their production across Sindh and Balochistan thus saving employment of millions of people and increasing volume of country’s exports. The Businessmen Panel (BMP) of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Chairman Mian Anjum said in a statement that both institutions responsible for gas supply will conveniently manage the load for industrial sector with provision of extra gas, as decided in the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC). Secretary textile will coordinate with ministry of petroleum for implementation of this decision effective from September 27, while ministry of finance is working on the mechanism for implementation of the decision. He said the ECC decision to provide uninterrupted gas supply to zero rated and captive power industry in winter season and provision of 12 MMCFD gas to SNGPL from Dhok Hussain and 10 MMCFD gas from Bitrism gas field to SSGCL is appreciative and in accordance to the demand of the business community. The BMP has issued a detailed statement on the closure of gas to the important industrial sector in winter and raised its voice on different forums; as a result, the decision has been reverted, while the federation’s leadership kept silent on this important issue pertaining to industrial sector of the Country. He said immediate and new export friendly policies are vital to support and increase Country’s exports, without which the control over trade deficit is impossible. Meanwhile Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) in a statement also thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan and his entire economic team for release of Rs 8.74 billion for payment of outstanding sales tax refunds and setting RLNG price of $6.5 per MMBTU for both processing and captive use in textile value chain. “These visionary initiatives will act as a driving force towards an economically stable and prosperous Pakistan,” it said adding that textile exporters are confident that other irritants will also e removed as a sizable growth in exports.
LPG Association appreciates Government for effectively tackling black-marketing
Parvez JabriNovember 14, 2018 ISLAMABAD: All Pakistan Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Distributors Association appreciated the government for effectively tackling black marketing in peak winter season. Chairman LPG Distributors Association Irfan Khokhar told APP that downward revision in rates of LPG was possible due to prudent policies of the present government. He said that consumers would get uninterrupted supply of LPG especially in far flung areas at controlled price. Irfan Khokhar said that strict action would be taken against those distributors who would be found involved in black-marketing and selling the commodity in violation f the notified rates. He termed the federal government’s decision historical to decrease LPG prices. Irfan Khohar said that he recently met Federal Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan and thanked the government for making sincere efforts to get rid of the mafia looting consumers. He said that LPG would fulfill the natural gas requirement throughout winter season across the country. Chairman All Pakistan LPG Association Irfan Khokhar said that the government has taken strict action against the illegal profiteering and black marketing of LPG marketing companies.
New petroleum policy by month end
Parvez JabriNovember 13, 2018 ISLAMABAD: The government will announce the new petroleum policy in the last week of the current month after completing necessary consultations with the provinces. “As per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government is working on drafting of petroleum policy. It will be a uniformed policy, which will bring a major changes in the areas of oil, gas, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG)” the sources said this while talking to APP on Tuesday. The new policy and its implementation, they said were a part of the 100-day agenda announced by the prime minister. The ministry will also award 10 new blocks for exploration in different oil and gas potential areas through open biding, they said. With the award of 10 more exploration blocks, they said, the country would witness a remarkable increase in oil and gas exploration activities, which would help meet ever-increasing energy demand. They said, 10 blocks, including 2972-6 (Cholistan), 3072-8 (Shakar Ganj West, 3073-5 (Punjab),3069-10 (Musakhel), 2762-1 (Desert), 3068-3 (Block 28 North), 3269-1 (Wali West), 2768-13 (Sorah), 2567-12 (Taung) and 2667-9 (Khuzdar South), would be awarded to successful bidders through a transparent process. Pakistan had rich oil reserves that would be given attention and be explored in order to improve local production. Efforts will also be made to improve the local production of refined and crude petroleum products, which currently stand at 15pc while imports make up 85 per cent, they added.
WAPDA to introduce new technologies for electricity transmission line
Parvez JabriNovember 12, 2018 HARIPUR: Federal Minister for Water and Power Omer Ayub Monday said Wapda is introducing new technology for electricity transmission and eradication of power pilferage. Federal Minister for Water and Power Omer Ayub Khan while talking to media here said that the government would not let anybody to use electricity through illegal means and will not spare anybody above the law. He said the new technology would make the direct hooks (Kunda) ineffective and reduced line losses, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan in every cabinet meeting directs to put minimum burden on the masses. The PML-N government increased electricity tariff and also suggested new tariff to NEPRA which caused surge in electricity prices he said. The PTI government is avoiding to follow that tariff and increase the minimum price he disclosed. Referring to electricity theft the minister said that it will not be allowed and bring the culprits would be brought to justice. He also warned the defaulter of the WAPDA and said the connections electricity defaulters would also be removed. The minister stated that previous government did not bring any change in the electricity transmission system causing huge line losses. “We would bring revolutionary changes in transmission system and would introduce new technologies to overcome line losses.” While criticizing PML-N government Omer Ayub Khan said that they have allowed subsidized rates for farmers till general elections 2018 but we are providing electricity to all farmers on subsidized rates.
OGRA directs petrol, CNG stations to maintain cleanliness
Parvez JabriNovember 5, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has directed all the petrol and CNG stations to regularly maintain cleanliness in their respect premises. An official of OGRA Asad Latif told APP that this initiative was taken in pursuance of government’s ‘National Clean and Green’ drive. He said all the owners of petrol pumps and CNG stations are bound to keep vigilance and maintain basic facilities for the public. Asad said that the ministry was given directions and instructions by cabinet division to inspect repeatedly basic facilities especially toilets availability at oil and gas selling points. General public may lodge their complaints to OGRA through their helpline and WhatsApp number as special complaints cell has constituted for this purpose, which has already mentioned at official site.
New pipelines being installed to provide uninterrupted gas supply
Parvez JabriNovember 2, 2018 BAHAWALPUR: Regional Manager Sui Northern Gas Pipeline, Malik Bashir Ahmad has said that steps are being taken to ensure uninterrupted supply of gas in the city. According to Malik Bashir, the new gas pipeline of 49 kilometers long and 16-inch diameter would replace 11-inch diameter pipeline from Khairpur Daha to Bahawalpur which would help in smooth transmission of gas supply. He said that with the installation of new pipeline, complaints related to low pressure or load shedding of gas during winter seasons would be overcome. He informed that 8-inch diameter pipeline is being replaced with 14-inch diameter pipeline from Bhatta No 1 to Lari Adda via Model Town B and Model Town C with a cost of Rs 80 million. The new pipelines are being installed throughout the city due to which line losses would be mitigated and gas would be supplied with full pressure, he maintained.