May 24, 2011
Forth Extension Project: Tarbela generation capacity to rise above 4,800 megawatts
Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Shakil Durrani has said that total generation capacity of the Tarbela Hydropower Station would rise to 4828 megawatt (MW) after the installation of 1350 MW units as part of 4th Extension Project.
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May 24, 2011
Power generation to fall by 800 megawatts if RPPs pacts lapsed on June 30
Ministry of Water and Power on Monday told National Assembly Standing Committee on Textile Industry that the generation of electricity would be reduced 800 MW if the agreements of Rental Power Projects (RPPs) lapsed on June 30, 2011. "Circular debt pertaining to Furnace oil, Rs 140 billion payable amount against the provinces, theft and line losses are main reasons of load shedding in the country," Additional Secretary Ministry of Water and Power M Ahsan Akhtar Malik told the Committee.
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May 24, 2011
'Pepco infrastructure suffered colossal loss due to windstorm'
The recent windstorm and thunderstorm and heavy rain has caused severe damage to the electricity infrastructure in Sahiwal, Bahawalpur and Multan division. The Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar and Managing Director Pepco Rasul Khan Mahsud has instructed Mepco administration to restore the devastated electricity infrastructure on war footings suffered due to windstorm for smooth supply of electricity to the worthy consumers.
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May 24, 2011
'Tarbela Dam to generate over 4,800 MW after extension'
ISLAMABAD: The generation capacity of the Tarbela Hydropower Station would rise to 4,828 megawatt (MW) after the installation of 1,350 MW units as part of the 4th Extension Project, Water and Power Development Authority Chairman Shakil Durrani said during his visit to the project.
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May 23, 2011
Ongoing energy projects to be short of funds in 2011-12
The government could not allocate sufficient funds to some critical on-going energy sector projects including Diamer Basha Dam, Mangla Raising Project, Chashma Nuclear and National Trade Corridor projects in budget for 2011-12 due to tightened fiscal space.
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May 23, 2011
Joint energy meeting with China soon: Masood
Pakistan's Ambassador to China Masood Ahmed Khan said on Sunday that Pakistan and China will have a joint meeting to evolve mechanism for energy production. He said that the meeting would be held soon in China to solve the energy problem in Pakistan.
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May 23, 2011
Energy projects: $6 billion investment likely from South Koreans: chief minister
A total of $6 billion worth of investment is expected from the South Koreans in various energy projects in the province, said Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah here on Sunday.
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May 22, 2011
Qamar announces two percent raise in power tariff: damage to property to be billed to protesters
The Minister for Water and Power, Naveed Qamar, on Saturday announced further 2 percent increase in power tariff, effective from June, and expressed inability to end power loadshedding in near future. Addressing a press conference after receiving reports of protest demonstrations against loadshedding in different parts of the country, he appealed to the people not to damage public property because this damage would be transferred to them in the bills.
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May 22, 2011
Karachi situation: Nepra told to serve notice on KESC management, says Qamar
The federal government has taken serious notice of the situation in Karachi due to stand-off between the management of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) and the labour Union.
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May 22, 2011
2,000 megawatts wind power generation: Sindh, South Korean company sign MoU
In a major break through in the renewable energy, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah witnessed the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with KOSPO (Korea Southern Power Company). The MoU was signed by the Secretary Investment Sindh Muhammad Younis Dagha and the Chief Executive Officer of KOSPO, said a statement issued here on Saturday.
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May 20, 2011
Prime Minister seeks investment in energy sector
Prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday called on Chinese firms to invest in his country's energy sector, in a bid to boost a moribund economy hit by massive floods last year and weak Western investment. "There is great potential for the participation of Chinese corporations in the development of the energy sector in Pakistan. This includes hydro, thermal and renewable," Yousuf Raza Gilani told a joint business forum in Beijing.
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May 20, 2011
Only 22 percent work completed on Neelum Jhelum hydel power project
The pace of work on the important Neelum Jhelum hydroelectric project is very slow, as only 22 per cent work has been completed so far against the targeted 50 per cent. The detailed feasibility study of the 969 MW project was completed in 1997 and the revised Project Cost-I (PC-I) was approved by Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on February 28, 2002 at a total cost of Rs 84502.26 million.
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May 20, 2011
6,000 megawatts power shortfall for second consecutive day
Power shortfall remained 6,000MW for second consecutive day, inviting unbearable situation for the consumers protesting against unprecedented load-shedding amidst intolerable weather conditions. According to Pepco brief, power generation stood at 12,175MW against a demand of 18,160MW, accumulating the gap at 5,985MW during last 24 hours. Power generation through hydel, thermal, IPPs and RPPs remained 4,928MW, 1,267MW, 5,904MW and 76MW respectively.
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May 20, 2011
Engro files contempt application against SNGPL
KARACHI: Engro Corporation has filed a contempt of court application against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) for cutting gas supply to its new fertiliser plant, the company said on Thursday.
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May 20, 2011
South Africa power woes a risk for miners
JOHANNESBURG: A looming power crunch in South Africa is likely to push global platinum prices higher by increasing costs for miners and limiting their expansion plans in a country home to the world's largest reserves of the metal.
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May 19, 2011
Germany ready to extend cooperation in renewable energy sources
Germany, for being world leader in the renewable energy, is ready to extend co-operation to Pakistan in bridging gap between the demand and supply of electricity in the country which is passing through worst energy crisis at the moment. The Ambassador of Germany Dr Michael Koch stated this while speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Wednesday.
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May 19, 2011
Power plan for industry on the cards
The government is considering increasing electricity tariff for the residential categories of up to 100 units and may offer "no load shedding" to the industrial consumers who are ready to pay double of the existing electricity tariff.
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May 19, 2011
'Petroleum lobby preventing power generation from coal'
KARACHI: Strong lobbies in the petroleum sector and supporters of large dams have created hurdles in coal-based electricity generation, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Finance Minister, said on Tuesday.
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May 19, 2011
Power shortfall surges to 5,971 megawatts
ISLAMABAD: The electricity shortfall on Wednesday again shoots up to 5,791MW from 3,915MW, compelling Pakistan Electric Supply Company (PEPCO) to observe six to eight hours power outages across the country, a statement said.
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May 18, 2011
Power plan for industry on the cards
The government is considering increasing electricity tariff for the residential categories of up to 100 units and may offer "no load shedding" to the industrial consumers who are ready to pay double of the existing electricity tariff.
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May 18, 2011
Power shortfall shoots to 4,000 megawatts
Power shortfall triggered to 4,000MW during the last 24 hours because of short supply of fuel to thermal generation, reducing, however, to 1,409MW against 1,791MW a week earlier. According to Pepco brief, power generation during last 24 hours stood at 13,111MW against 17,026MW, leaving the system with a shortfall of 3,915MW. Power generation through hydel, thermal, IPPs and RPPs stood at 5,134MW, 1,409MW, 6,506MW and 62MW respectively.
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May 18, 2011
Wapda signs Tarbela sediment management agreement
Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) signed an agreement on sediment management study for Tarbela reservoir, here on Tuesday. The study aims at exploring various options to evacuate sediments from the reservoir to tackle decreasing water storage capacity in the reservoir due to sedimentation through dredging, flushing, and blowing etc.
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May 17, 2011
12 percent rise in power tariff during 2011-12
The government is likely to raise power tariff by a maximum of 12 per cent during the next fiscal aimed to minimise the differential between the existing tariffs of Discos' and cost recovery, well-informed sources told Business Recorder. The government recently increased power tariff of Discos by two per cent across the board and two per cent is expected next month.
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May 17, 2011
IPPs' issues to be resolved on priority: Qamar
Federal Minister for Water and Power Naveed Qamar has assured the independent power producers (IPPs) that their issues would be resolved on priority. Presiding over a meeting of Advisory Council of independent power producers held here on Monday he said that the government was taking all possible measures to enhance power generation and matters relating to IPPs, like circular debt, tariff determination, and allocation of gas would be resolved.
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May 19, 2011
Germany ready to extend cooperation in renewable energy sources
Germany, for being world leader in the renewable energy, is ready to extend co-operation to Pakistan in bridging gap between the demand and supply of electricity in the country which is passing through worst energy crisis at the moment. The Ambassador of Germany Dr Michael Koch stated this while speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Wednesday.
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From Esso to Engro:

Search for oil by Pak Stanvac, an Esso Mobil joint venture in 1957, led to the discovery of Mari gas field situated near Daharki -- a small town in upper Sind province. Esso was the first to study this development in detail and propose the establishment of a urea plant in that area.

The proposal was approved by the government in 1964, which led to a fertilizer plant agreement signed in December that year. Subsequently in 1965, the Esso Pakistan Fertilizer Company Limited was incorporated, with 75% of the shares owned by Esso and 25% by the general public. The construction of a urea plant commenced at Daharki the following year with the annual capacity of 173,000 tons and production commenced in 1968. At US $ 43 million, it was the single largest foreign investment by an MNC in the country.

A full-fledged marketing organization was established which undertook agronomic programs to educate the farmers of Pakistan. As the nation’s first fertilizer brand, Engro (then Esso) helped modernize traditional farming practices to boost farm yields, directly impacting the quality of life not only for farmers and their families, but for the community at large. As a result of these efforts, consumption of fertilizers increased in Pakistan, paving the way for the Company’s branded urea called "Engro", an acronym for "Energy for Growth".

As part of an international name change program, Esso became Exxon in 1978 and the Company was renamed Exxon Chemical Pakistan Limited. The Company continued to prosper as it relentlessly pursued productivity gains and strived to attain professional excellence.

In 1991, Exxon decided to divest its fertilizer business on a global basis. The employees of Exxon Chemical Pakistan Limited, in partnership with leading international and local financial institutions bought out Exxon’s 75 percent equity. This was at the time and perhaps still is the most successful employee buy-out in the corporate history of Pakistan. Renamed as Engro Chemical Pakistan Limited, the Company has gone from strength to strength, reflected in its consistent financial performance, growth of the core fertilizer business and diversification into other fields.

Investments in people, process solutions and resource conservation initiatives have reduced energy use per ton of urea by a third, whilst increasing urea production nearly six-fold since 1968. Not only does this save money, it stretches non-renewable energy sources and mitigates the impact of waste. Along the way, a major milestone in plant capacity upgrade coincided with the employee led buy-out; innovatively optimizing our resources, Engro re-located fertilizer manufacturing plants from the UK and US to its Daharki plant site – an international first. Our pioneering spirit continues in our social investments, exemplified by the only snake-bite treatment facility in the Ghotki region and the first telemedicine intervention in the country.