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APRIL 2018

SECMC signs coal supply agreement with LEPCL

APR 28TH, 2018 KARACHI: Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) has signed an agreement with Lucky Electric Power Company Limited (LEPCL) to supply 3.6 million tonnes of coal per annum to the latter from its open pit coal mine in Thar Block II. LEPCL is a public unlisted company incorporated in 2014. On behalf of SECMC, the agreement was signed by SECMC’s Chief Operating Officer Syed Abul Fazal Rizvi, and CEO of Lucky Electric, Intesar Ul Haqqi was the other signatory, SECMC statement here on Saturday, The coal will be supplied to LEPCL as part of Phase III of mine expansion by SECMC. Previously, SECMC had also signed coal supply agreements with Engro Powergen Thar Limited, Thar Energy Limited and Thal Nova Power Limited for cumulative supply of 7.6 million tonnes per annum which will generate 1320 MW power. The first electron to be produced from Thar coal is expected by December 2018. SECMC’s Block II mine at its optimum capacity will be the cheapest source of base load energy in Pakistan, producing 30 million tonnes per annum at dollars 32 per tonne. It is approximately 6 US cents per kWh. The LEPCL project involves development, construction and operation of a super-critical coal fired power plant with a capacity of 660 MW. The power plant will consist of a one coal-fired generating unit with a maximum gross capacity of approximately 660 MW. The entire equity has been injected by Lucky Cement Limited through its fully owned subsidiary LCL Holdings Limited. The LEPCL project site is spread over 250 acres in Port Qasim, Karachi. For the first time, Thari coal will be transported from Thar to a power plant based outside of Thar by trucks.

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Installed capacity of electricity surged to 29,573 MW, registering 30pc growth

APR 27TH, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Since its inception, the incumbent government accorded top priority to electricity generation and installed capacity of electricity jumped to 29,573 MW by February 2018, registering a growth of 30 per cent. According to the Economic Survey of Pakistan released by Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance Miftah Ismail here Thursday, payables of power sector entities against the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and public sector power entities amounting Rs 480 billion were fully cleared in 2013, which added 1,700 MWs electricity to the national grid and eased load shedding considerably in the country. The government has moved in the direction of providing targeted subsidy to power consumers (domestic up to 300 units) by moving towards better cost recovery leading to a financially stable power sector. Although electricity generation varies due to availability of inputs and other constraints, the generation increased from 96,496 GW/h in 2012-13 to 117,326 GW/h in 2016-17 posting a growth of 22 percent, while, during July-Feb FY 2017-18, electricity generation remained 69,956 GW/h compared to 68,592 GW/h last year showing a growth of 2 percent, the survey said. With regards to share of different sources of electricity generation, it can be observed that share of hydro in electricity generation has decreased over the last five years. Lower availability of water is the main reason for reduced generation from hydel. The indent as conveyed by Indus River System Authority (IRSA) to National Power Control Center (NPCC) varies from 10,000 to 200,000 CFS (cubic feet per second). This huge variation spans the entire year and correspondingly affects the hydel’s national energy mix. As substitute, the government showed commitment for electricity generation capacity though renewable energy sources. Presently, renewables constitute only two per cent in electricity generation, though it is expected that they will increase in coming years. The government had also started import of LNG in first quarter of year 2015, as it is an economical and efficient fuel as compared to other petroleum products.

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PSO announces profit after tax of Rs13.2bn in 9 months

APR 23RD, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan State Oil (PSO) on Monday announced a profit after tax of Rs 13.2 billion during first nine months (July-March) of fiscal year 2017-18. Gross profit also showed a growth of 6.9 percent despite decline in furnace oil volumes. The company had product wise volumetric growth of 5.4 percent in High Speed Diesel (HSD), 12.3 percent in MOGAS, 10.3 percent in Jet Fuel (JP-1), 21 percent in LPG, 5 percent in Lubricants and 34 percent in LNG. The FO volumes however declined by 29 percent, says a statement received here . PSO has managed to get additional funds of Rs. 23 billion in the month of March, bringing down the outstanding receivables (inclusive of LPS) from the Power Sector, PIA and SNGPL as of March 31st, 2018 to Rs. 304 billion vs. Rs. 313 billion as of December 31, 2017. The management is continuously pursuing with the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Finance for their due intervention for injection of funds in order to settle the said outstanding receivables as well as payment for FO and LNG supplies of Rs. 130 billion planned to be made in the quarter April-June 2018. As a result of the financial performance, PSO has announced 100 percent cash dividend of Rs. 10 per share. Influx of smuggled product, volatile fuel demand by the power sector and hurdles in induction and smooth movement of NHA/OGRA compliant tank lorries by the transport union will be key challenges for the business in comings months, further added the company’s report to its shareholders.

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Importance of renewable energy for sustained economic growth stressed

APR 24TH, 2018 KARACHI: President, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Muffasar Atta Malik has urged for provision of reliable and affordable energy to industry to increase the productivity and to ensure its competitiveness. He also put emphasis on protecting environment while generating energy to meet the increasing demand for energy in the country. KCCI President was speaking at ‘Management Awareness Training Session on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency’ organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) here, said KCCI statement on Tuesday. He said that Pakistan had large and economically viable resources for energy generation in wind, solar, biomass, waste, geothermal and hydel power and only proper utilization was needed. Renewable energy was a viable option for enhancing access to energy at energy intensive sectors and businesses like SMEs. Malik said that by shifting to renewable energy sources for power generation, industries could generate sufficient electricity for their own use and avoid fuel price volatility. They would sell the excess electricity through the grid. Sindh Special Secretary of Energy Department Rashid Hussain Qazi spoke on the importance of using the renewable energy resources in the country like solar, wind and hydro. He applauded UNIDO for its efforts to promote the inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID). National Project Coordinator for Sustainable Energy Initiative for Industries in Pakistan, Masroor Ahmad Khan highlighted UNIDO’s contribution to sustainable development goal No. 9 under the policy of ISID. He briefed the participants on the key features of the project and emphasized their importance at a time when new opportunities were arising in the country.

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Neelum Jhelum project to be inaugurated on Friday

APR 13TH, 2018 MIRPUR (AJK): Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project, located in Muzaffarabad has started providing electricity to the National Grid on April 9 on trial basis. At the first leg of its operation, the project will generate electricity to its full capacity to the tune of 242 MW soon after its scheduled inauguration, WAPDA sources told APP Thursday. Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project, has four units with cumulative generation capacity of 969-MW. The first unit started electricity generation followed by the second, third and fourth units at one month interval respectively. Sources said that Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is an engineering marvel with 90 percent of the project being underground in the high mountain areas. Neelum Hydropower consists of three main components i.e. a dam, water-way system comprising 52-km long tunnels and an underground power house. The project will provide about five billion low-cost hydel electricity to the National Grid every year. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs.55 billion, sources added. WAPDA is trying its best to award contracts for Mohmand Dam and Diamer Basha Dam within a year to supplement significantly towards existing water storage and hydropower generation capacities in the country, the sources added.

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Solar power supply project to be completed till July in Kharan: Baloch

APR 8TH, 2018 Minister for State and Frontier Regions Lt General (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch said solar power supply would be provided in Mashkel, Kharan and other areas till July under federal government projects while completion of development projects had improved the quality of public life in the country. He said majority of people in Balochistan were with Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and would support it in upcoming general elections because PML-N had always worked for the welfare of masses. He said this while speaking at the ceremony of inauguration of Yakmach-Kharan Road on Saturday. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, Chief Secretary Balochistan Aurangzaib Haq, Chairman National Highway Authority Jawad Malik, IG Balochistan Mauzzam Jah Ansari, officials, tribal elders and other people were present on the occasion. Abdul Qadir Baloch said Kharan Cadet College would be completed soon with a cost of Rs. 1.32 billion aiming to improve quality of education in the province. Earlier, Chairman NHA Jawad Malik briefed Prime Minsiter Shahid Khaqan Abbasi about Kharan-Yakmach Highway.

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Import of iron, steel up 18pc in 7 months

APR 9TH, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Import of iron and steel increased by 18.1 per cent during first seven months (Jul-Feb) of fiscal year 2017-18 as compared to same period of last year. The import of iron and steel rose to $1.56 billion in Jul-February (2017-18) from $1.3 billion in same period of preceding fiscal year, according to latest data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Iron and steel scrap import also surged by 59.25 per cent as it rose to $1.03 billion in first seven months of current fiscal year from $650.13 million in July-February (2016-17). Similarly, import of gold during first seven months of current fiscal year increased by 27.81 per cent as compared to same period of previous year. During the period under review, 326 kilogram of the yellow metal valuing US $13.18 million was imported against import of 278 kg gold worth $10.31 million last year. However, on yearly and monthly basis, the import of yellow metal in February 2018 plunged by 67.2 per cent and 72.2 per cent when compared to import during February 2017 and January 2018 respectively. The import during February 2018 declined to $335,000 from $1.021 million in February 2017 and $1.2 million in January 2018. Similarly, the overall metal group import also increased by 27.43 per cent in July-February (2017-18) to $3.45 billion from $2.7 billion in same period of previous year. Aluminum wrought and work import also increased by 23.4 per cent from $121.18 million in July-February 2016-17 to $149.5 million. On year-on-year basis, the overall metal group import in February rose by 14.33 per cent while on month-on-month basis the import went down by 15.6 per cent in February 2018 as compared to that of February 2017. The import of overall metal group was recorded $407.8 million in February 2018 while it was recorded $356.68 million and $483.14 million in February 2017 and January 2018 respectively.

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Neelum Jhelum project starts supplying power to national grid

APR 10TH, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project has started providing electricity to the National Grid on trial basis. The first unit is contributing 60 MW electricity to the system and will generate electricity to its full capacity to the tune of 242 MW in next two days, said a press release on Monday. Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project, located in Azad Jammu & Kashmir, is scheduled to be inaugurated on April 13. The project has four units with cumulative generation capacity of 969-MW. The first unit has started electricity generation followed by the second, third and fourth units at one month interval respectively. Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is an engineering marvel with 90 percent of the project being underground in the high mountain areas. Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project consists of three main components i.e. a dam, water-way system comprising 52-km long tunnels and an underground power house. The project would provide about five billion low-cost hydel electricity to the National Grid every year. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs.55 billion. For optimal utilization of water and hydropower resources in the country, WAPDA has been implementing a two-pronged strategy for the purpose. Under the strategy, not only the under-construction projects are being completed in the shortest possible time but new projects are also being initiated in both water and hydropower sectors. WAPDA is trying its best to award contracts for Mohmand Dam and Diamer Basha Dam within a year to supplement significantly towards existing water storage and hydropower generation capacities in the country.

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Production of electric fans rises 14.91pc in Jul-Jan 2017-18

APR 1ST, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Production of electric fans in the country increased by 14.91 per cent during first seven months (July-Jan) of the year 2017-18 as compared to same period of last year. During the period under review, as many as 1,328,609 units of electric fans were produced against the manufacturing of 1,156,203 units during same period of previous year. According to latest data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), on year-on-year basis, the production of electric fans also increased to 166,967 units in January 2018 from 161,600 units in same period of the year 2017, showing an increase of 3.32 per cent. Meanwhile, the country exported 692,000 units of electric fans during July-February 2017-18 against export of 769,000 units during same period of last year showing a decline of 10 per cent. In term of value the export of electric fans, witnessed a slight increase of 0.97 per cent as the value increased from $14.637 million in July-Feb 2016-17 to $14.78 million in Jul-Feb 2017-18. On year-on-year basis the export of fans increased by 4.13 per cent as during February 2018, 106,000 fans worth of $2.6 million were exported against 130,000 electric fans valuing $2.496 million.

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