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MARCH 2017

GOVT TO ENSURE UNINTERRUPTED LNG SUPPLIES TO AVOID POWER CRISIS: SHAHID KHAQAN

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday said the government had instructed the ministry to ensure uninterrupted fuel supplies to WAPDA, HUBCO and KAPCO to avoid power crisis in the country. Speaking in the National Assembly during question hour session, he said that ministry of Water and Power could not make timely payments to PSO against supplies which resulted in considerable accumulation of receivable against these entities. The ministry Petroleum has been regularly following up the matter with ministry of Finance and Ministry of Water and Power for settlement of circular debt. Giving the details of circular debt since 2013, he said the total receivable amount from 2013-17 was Rs 272.3 billion. He said the government was providing gas connections to domestic consumers uninterrupted on merit basis. Currently the Pakistan was not importing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Iran due to international sanctions adding LNG was being imported from Qatar for last one year. Sometimes, he said the consumers have to face a little shortage of gas due to gas supply to factories and industries. He informed the lower house that presently around 5 million consumers were using LNG in the country. Replying to a question, he said that SNGPL has reported that total 31 cases of long service line measuring 1"dia. x 2000 meters and 16 combing cases measuring 1"dia. x 3908 meters & 2" dia. X 3380 meters have been laid down during the year 2015-16 in Mardan. He said that the processing of long service line and combing cases has been carried out solely on the basis of maturity of applications as per turn/merit of each case as per company's Policy.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2017

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RS131MN BEING USED FOR BADIN COAL RESERVES' APPRAISAL

MAR 6TH, 2017 13:0 ISLAMABAD: The government is spending Rs131.619 million for appraisal of huge coal reserves confirmed by the Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) in the year 2014 after extensive drillings started since 2012. "Rs131.619 million will be used for appraisal of newly discovered coal resources in Badin and its adjoining areas of Southern Sindh," official sources in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources told APP. According to GSP, they said the coal deposits were estimated to be over one billion tones. "The coal is of good quality and high heating value." Besides, the sources informed that there were substantial deposits of gold and copper and more than 200 million tonnes of iron ore but these could not be exploited or utilized because of lack of infrastructure and technology. They said efforts were also being made for exploration of tertiary coal in Central Salt Range, Punjab aimed at meeting the growing domestic energy demand and develop coal fields and increasing power generation. The sources said exploration of oil, gas, minerals and coal resources was undertaken on regular basis which contributed significant discoveries especially in oil and gas sector. Recent geological investigations have shown that 185 billion tonnes of coal reserves exist in different parts of the country, which could be used as a primary and inexpensive source for power generation. "More than 184 billion tonnes deposits are located in Sindh province, with Thar coal field being the largest followed by Thatta-Sonda, Lakhra and Jhimpir. The coal is lignite to lignite-A to sub bituminous B&C in character with an average heating value of 6000 BTU/lb." Coal is primarily classified into four major categories, or 'ranks' like lignite, sub-bituminous, bituminous and anthracite. One of the most valuable content of coal is its carbon content which supplies most of its heating value. The sources informed that further investigations were being carried out to explore and evaluate coal deposits in Musakheil, Kingri and Toisar Basin, Musakheil district, Balochistan. Answering a question, they said the mining and quarrying sector grew by 0.6 per cent in 2015-16. "Estimates suggest there are copper reserves of 1.9 billion tons and 11.2 million ounces of gold in different localities." They admitted that the primary reason for not getting maximum benefit of the natural resources was the application of out-dated technologies, poor management and inadequate capital besides security situation in some areas where the bulk of the mineral resources were located. The mineral sector of Pakistan is spread over 600,000 square kilometers and 92 known minerals, while 52 are commercially exploited. Presently, the sources said above 5,000 operational mines and 50,000 small and medium enterprises were producing average 68.52 million tons per year and providing direct employment to 300,000 workers.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2017

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OIL TRANSPORTATION OF PSO INCREASED FROM 4% TO 38 IN 3 YEARS

ISLAMABAD: The oil transportation of Pakistan State Oil (PSO) through Pakistan Railways has increased from four percent to 38 in three years. "In the past, the percentage of the oil transportation of PSO through railways was only four percent which was very low that has now enhanced by concerted efforts of the Pakistan Railways," an official in the Ministry of Railways told APP. He said the increase has around 10 times more as to the previous transportation of oil through railways and efforts are underway to further enhance it. To a question about the new locomotives, the official said new locomotives will specifically be utilized for freight trains and it will also help increase transportation of oil. "Due to the prudent policies of the present government and efforts of Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, private companies were also showing interest to invest in Pakistan Railways," he remarked. The official said that Pakistan Railways has improved the business of freight trains which was helping the department increase its income and reduced its losses. He further said now Pakistan Railways has decided to reserve oil for trains operations across the county for 30 days which was only for one or two days in the past. "For that purpose, Pakistan Railways is going to enhance its oil depots which in now only 14," he added.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2017

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