SNGPL to replace 11-inch pipeline from Khairpur Daha to Bahawalpur
Fawad MaqsoodNovember 20, 2018 BAHAWALPUR: Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) Regional Manager Malik Bashir Ahmed Tuesday said long term steps are being taken to improve gas pressure across Bahawalpur division. Talking to reporters, he said a project is underway to replace a 11-inch pipeline from Khairpur Daha to Bahawalpur with 16-inch. A huge amount would be spent on the 49-kilometre pipeline project and complaints of low pressure during the winter season would also be addressed, he added. He said Ahmedpur Road Chowk Bhatta No1 to Model Town B, Model Town C to General Bus Stand 4-inch wide pipeline will be replaced with 8-inch line. On the replacing of the 4.5 kilometre long pipeline, around Rs80 million will be spent, he said. With the change of the line, Shahdra, Kausar Colony, Model Town B, Model Town C and its adjoining areas will have sufficient pressure of gas, he said. He said current pipeline with 4-inch of width was not enough for the needs, he said and added the project would start from December this year. He said the process of changing the pipelines throughout the city was in progress. He said it would reduce the line losses and rectify the complaints of low pressure. He said replacing of pipelines in Model Town B had been completed. He further said bribe and intercession culture in SNGPL matters had been finished and now every task is being done on merit.
Oil, Gas companies invest Rs3.5bn in erstwhile FATA in last one year
Parvez Jabri October 31, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Various Oil and Gas companies (lease holders) have invested over Rs 3.5 billion in erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) in last one year, said an official of FATA Development Authority (FDA). Talking to APP, he said 2,800 local tribesmen were attached with these Oil & Gas Companies in their respective areas for on job services. Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited (OGDCL), Al-Haj Enterprises Pvt Ltd, BGP (Pakistan), Xian Senshe, Geofysika Krakow and MOL (Pakistan) have established base camps in different agencies in erstwhile FATA. He said 15 blocks have been allotted to various national and multinational exploration and production companies in erstwhile FATA. While OGDCL has completed 2D seismic data acquisition in Latamber and Kohat Block. Likewise Al-Hajj Enterprises (Private) Limited has completed 2D Seismic data acquisition in Baska North block and will commence drilling by the end of 2018. MOL has completed surface geological mapping & gravity survey in Tal Block (NWA, FR Bannu) and now planning for 2D Seismic Survey. BGP (Pakistan) International, contractor of OGDCL has completed 2D Seismic survey in Wali block. Two mega Geological structures were identified in the area, further interpretation/investigation of collected Seismic Data Acquisition is in process. He said two new blocks including Wana Block(SWA) and Mir Ali Block(NWA) have been identified for further attraction of Investment and creation of job opportunities for locals in erstwhile FATA.
PTI govt focusing on wind, solar energy
Parvez Jabri October 30, 2018 SIALKOT: Punjab Minister for Energy Dr. Muhammad Akhtar Malik has said the PTI government is focusing on the promotion of wind and solar energy to meet the electricity shortage. He stated this while addressing an important meeting of the management of Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) during his visit to Sialkot international airport on Tuesday. Chairman Audit Committee (SIAL) Malik Muhammad Ashraf, Director (SIAL) Ch. Mohammad Afzal Shaheen, Director Punjab Municipal Development Fund Qamar-al-Zaman, SIAL’s Admin Nawaz Ahmed Toor, Manager Public Relations Abdul Shakur Mirza and Manager Airport Azkar ul Haq Khokhar were also present on this occasion. The Minister said that previous governments did nothing practically to end the energy crisis, which badly affected the industrial sector and national economy as well. He said that previous governments only made very expensive producing plans and they remained unable to focus on production and promotion of wind and solar energy to end the darkness. The Minister said that promotion of usage of wind and solar energy had now become vital to overcome the menace of inherited energy crisis in the country. Provincial Minister Dr. Muhammad Akhtar Malik said that it was the demand of the day that both Diamir and Bhasha Dams should be constructed on top priority to avert the feared water crisis in coming years. He hailed the management of Sialkot international airport for donating Rs 100 million to Prime Minister Imran Khan for dams in the country. On this occasion, the minister urged the Sialkot exporters to focus on the promotion of advanced research and development in their export-oriented industries for exploring and capturing the international trade markets as well. Punjab Energy Minister Dr. Muhammad Akhtar Malik said that Sialkot exporters had set a unique example by establishing Sialkot international airport on self-help basis, the first ever mega project of private sector here. He highly hailed unique export culture of Sialkot and its socio-economic and human development by Sialkot exporters on self-help basis. On this occasion, SIAL’s former Chairmen Malik Muhammad Ashraf and Chaudhry Ghulam Mustafa told the Sialkot international airport had been playing a pivotal role in opening the new vistas of socio-economic and human development in Pakistan’s first-ever “Golden Export Triangle” comprising Sialkot, Gujrat and Gujranwala districts, besides, helping a lot in boosting the Sialkot exports. They added the project of Sialkot international airport was moving ahead successfully towards the goal success and excellence besides striving to open the new vistas of socio-economic and human development here. SIAL’s General Manager Muhammad Nawaz Chaudhary, Manager Admin Nawaz Ahmed Toor, Azkarul Haq, Manager Public Relations Abdul Shakur Mirza, Incharge Terminal Services Yaqub Qureshi and Manager Business Development Aamir Yaqub were also present, on this occasion.
Thar coal power plant to be completed by March 2019
Parvez Jabri October 20, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Thar coal power plant will be completed by March 2019 and start the power generation 660MW as most of the work on mining and power have been completed. Talking to a private news channel on Friday, Ex-Chief Executive Officer of HUBCO Zafar Subhani said that Pakistan was a rich state in natural resources but there was lack of management and adding that it was the responsibility of all political parties to work together for the national cause. He termed government should change the previous policy and adopt new policy to bring reform in bureaucracy as right person for the right job then Pakistan would be developed in all sectors. Engineer Arshad Abbasi head of ISDP observed that establishment of Coal Power project in Sahiwal was a wrong decision of previous government. He said that due to that project the industry of dairy form and agriculture sector badly effected and pollution had increased in the region. Abbasi pointed out that there was no concept of debate and detail discussion on media before set up of any mega project in the country. The country already was facing environmental problems and in the past no government paid attention to mitigate the pollution, he added. He said 50 percent oil and gas resources explored in Khyber Pukhtunkhaw.
Power generation through renewable energy resources stressed
Parvez Jabri October 12, 2018 KARACHI: Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) Chief Executive Officer Amjad Ali Awan on Thursday said that Pakistan should set its target of generating at least 30 percent of electricity from renewable resources in next five to seven years to tackle its power crisis. Addressing as a keynote speaker at the inaugural session of Third International Wind Energy Summit-2018 organized by Energy Update in collaboration with Sindh Energy Department, he said there was no option other than to develop and expand renewable energy sector. He said that the country had to increase its reliance on renewable energy for the power generation. Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh said that Sindh had been the host to designated wind corridor in the country between Gharo and Jhimpir. He said that he would visit Islamabad soon to hold talks with the relevant federal authorities to resolve pending issues on 35 wind power projects. He assured the participants that Sindh government was fully committed for resolving the long-pending issues pertaining to upcoming wind power projects.
OGDCL imparting technical training to 200 students annually
Parvez JabriOctober 12, 2018 ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) is imparting technical training to around 200 students annually at its two technical training institutes operating in Karak and Quetta, official sources said on Thursday. Local students are given priority to get training in the field of petroleum industry at an annual expenditure of about Rs 5.185 million, they told APP. The company, the sources said, was playing an important role in promoting regular and technical education in different parts of the country. Under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), they said, OGDCL believed that training and education were essential for national development. “Education is a building block for change. We support education initiatives directed at our employees as well as the people and communities around us,” they said. The sources informed that the company had launched a number of projects under which computers and books were being provided to schools, renovation of schools was carried out, besides encouraging sports activities and creating learning opportunities for the younger generation. Elaborating the company’s education projects, they said, the OGDCL had donated an amount of Rs 58.82 million for the construction of Girl’s Hostel at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. They said it spent an amount of Rs 1.260 million for provision of furniture, electrification and construction of classrooms for Government Primary School Dhoke Rajian at the Rajian Oil Field, Chakwal. The OGDCL, the sources said, constructed boundary wall, water tank, water cooler at Government Girls High School Chapri Tehsil Jand at a cost of Rs 2.013 million. They said the company provided electric water coolers, ceiling fans, multimedia projector, microscope and furniture to Government Higher Secondary School Umer Dahu, District Ghotki worth Rs1.955 million. The company, under its the CSR programme, constructed a classroom, provided computers and printer at Government Higher Secondary School Chanda Khuram, Karak.
Govt committed to constructing water, hydropower projects: Vawda
Parvez Jabri October 9, 2018 LAHORE: Federal Minister for Water Resources Muhammad Faisal Vawda said on Monday that the government was committed to constructing water and hydropower projects in order to improve water availability for domestic, industrial and agricultural sectors. Highlighting the need for developing water and hydropower resources for economic and social uplift of the country, he said that low-cost hydel electricity would be added into national grid. According to a spokesman here, Faisal Vawda expressed these views during his visit to Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Camp Office in Islamabad, where WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen (R) Muzammil Hussain (Retd) briefed the Federal Minister about the water situation in Pakistan and WAPDA projects in water and hydropower sectors at WAPDA Camp Office in Islamabad on Monday. Chairman highlighted various factors behind the looming water crisis in Pakistan and underlined the need to make concerted efforts towards addressing the issue of water shortage in the country. He emphasised the fact that construction of new dams and adopting efficient water management means was the way forward. Giving a rundown of the measures taken by WAPDA in view of the Supreme Court’s decision for early commencement and timely completion of Diamer-Basha and Mohmand Dams, the Federal Minister was apprised that procurement of consultancy services and main works was on fast track and the construction of both dams would commence in 2019. In addition to the recently completed WAPDA projects, the Federal Minister was also informed about the ongoing water and hydropower projects to include Dasu and Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project, Kurram Tangi Dam, Nai Gaj Dam etc. A review of the ready for construction projects including Kachhi Canal Phase-II and III, Kurram Tangi Dam, Tarbela 5th Extension, Harpo and Bunji Hydropower projects was also presented. The Minister expressed satisfaction over the performance of WAPDA and emphasized on the need to keep working with the same dedication for timely completion of ongoing projects for the benefit of the people.
KPOGCL confident to tap O&G potential under PM’s vision
SEP 17TH, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company Limited (KPOGCL) Monday expressed confidence to exploit the untapped reserves of oil and gas in potential areas of the province under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to overcome the prevailing energy crisis in the country. “KP holds promise for new exciting discoveries, particularly in Kohat Basin which has become main area of focus after successful discoveries by OGDCL and MOL Pakistan. Most of the areas of KP is still lying explored and therefore, there is potential of massive hydrocarbon prospects in the province,” official sources told APP. Currently, they said, oil and gas exploration activities were being carried out in 10 blocks of the province, adding that the KPOGCL was extending them maximum facilities including logistics, security, seismic surveys and geographical mapping under the one-window service. Answering a question, the sources said the KPOGCL were producing around 65,000 barrels (bbl) oil, 450 mmcf gas and 500 ton Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) on daily basis. They said the company recently got a license to carry out exploration activities at Lakki block which would also help initiating development activities in oil and gas producing districts. The sources said the KPOGCL and a Russian consortium of investors had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a refinery, having a capacity to purify 200,000 bbl oil per day in the province.
SNGPL, SSGCL gasified 231 villages
SEP 11TH, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) have so far gasified around 231 villages and towns in their respective areas during the last fiscal year. During the period, the two utility companies have laid approximately 328-kilometer gas transmission network, 8,861 km distribution and 1,216 km service lines for gasification of the villages, official sources told APP. Answering a question, they said, the companies had invested Rs 1,351 million on transmission projects, Rs 10,202 million on distribution projects and Rs 11,198 million on other projects bringing total investment to about Rs 22,751 million. Besides, the companies provided 428,282 additional gas connections including 426,721 domestic, 1,519 commercial and 42 Industrial in their respective areas across the country. They said Pakistan had 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. Besides, the companies spent Rs 17,925 million on transmission projects, Rs 11,183 million on distribution projects and Rs 14,925 million on other projects.
OGDCL earns 78.736bn profit during FY 2017-18
SEP 7TH, 2018 ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has earned after tax profit of Rs 78.736 billion during the financial year 2017-18 ended on June 30, 2018, announces company’s Board of Directors (BoD) here on Friday. The BoD said that the Company’s net sales revenue was registered as Rs 205.335 billion and per share earnings were Rs 18.31 during the financial year 2017-18. During the period under review, the Company paid Rs 33.890 billion as taxes. On the exploration and development side company recorded significant enhancement in seismic efforts and drilling activities, said a press release. The Board of Directors (BoD) appreciated the efforts of the management for ensuring production enhancement and significant exploratory work during the period. The Board of Directors announced Final Cash Dividend for the year 2017-18 @ Rs 2.5 per share. The dividend will be paid to the shareholders whose names will appear in the Register of Members Wednesday, October 17, 2018.