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Pakistan a natural energy corridor

  While geopolitics plays an important role in the prices of energy products, super powers are also keen in controlling the logistics. It is on record that Iran has been facing sanctions for more than three decades and the only purpose is not to allow its oil to reach international markets. However, lately, China, India, Japan and Korea have emerged as main buyers of Iranian oil. Taking Iranian oil to …

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Past and present scenario of CNG in Pakistan

  The supply and use of CNG in the transportation industry has adversely affected the economy. CNG was introduced for transportation in late 90’s to counter the rise in price of oil which caused inflation from the supply side. The idea for introducing CNG was to provide cushion to the consumers specially the transportation network to keep the prices at low level. As the price of fuel based on international …

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Coal power generation in the world

  Coal is a valuable and plentiful natural global resource. Not only does coal provide electricity, it is also an essential fuel for steel and cement production, and other industrial activities. World coal consumption was about 7.25 billion tones in 2010 and is expected to increase 48 per cent to 9.05 billion tones by 2030. Total world coal production reached a record level of 7,678 million tones (mt) in 2011, …

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Oil lobby not allowing any other means of power generation

  Government not focused on exploiting potential of other indigenous resources like solar and coal Energy is considered as lifeline of a country’s socio-economic and human development but its scarcity results in grinding halt to almost every sector of life. Pakistan like other Asian countries is also faced with acute energy shortage, especially of electricity, the main source of energy. The electricity crisis did not emerge overnight because the issue …

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Burning midnight coal

  It is important for Pakistan to increase the generation capacity of the country; unfortunately relevant ministry couldn’t address the power crisis as quickly as was expected by the people. It’s simply because there has never been a long-term, realistic policy on power generation. Pakistan meets its power requirement from hydro, furnace oil fired steam, combined cycle gas plants and diesel oil fired electricity generating plants. Currently about 30 per …

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Mystery behind unexploited Thar coal

  It was in 1992 that the Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) discovered huge deposits of coal – the second largest in the world – in Tharparkar District, Sindh. Thar coal field is estimated to have reserves of 175 billion tons, 68 times higher than Pakistan’s total gas reserves. Thar coal has been declared lignite type, spreads nearly 10,600 square kilometers, with power generation potential of 100,000 MW consuming 536 …

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Alternate best vital energy source: coal

  It has been estimated that there are above 847 tonnes of proven coal reserves throughout the world. It is anticipated that at the present level of coal production the coal reserves are to last for a period of over 130 years. On the other hand the proven oil and gas reserves are to last around 42 and 60 years respectively at current production level. Coal reserves are available in …

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Oil price collapse – event of the year 2014 have multiplier effects on developing economies including Pakistan

  The steel fall of international oil prices have a combined effect both on the oil based economies as well as on the developing economies but in different directions. The oil price situation has developed an interesting situation similar to what it happens even in the province of Sindh before the arrival of Monsoon season as the date farmers pray for late start of the rainy season as the rain …

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The snake eye: Oil

  Oil, like the snake eyes, has a killer’s fascination. Economic booms, bubbles, and bursts, all taking shapes in the slimy womb of this slick monster. The oil story has been written by the master oil CEOs like John Browne of British Petroleum, the deceptive oil ministers of oil-rich countries like Ali al-Naimi of Saudi Arabia, the yesteryears Seven Sisters of the West, the counterforce OPEC, and above all, the …

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Solar power option

  Although sufficiently provided with natural resources like water, coal and sunshine, our energy issues remain unresolved even after 67 years of the creation of Pakistan. This has been one of the major failings of our leadership. We have failed to draw a line between pressing national needs and trivial political issues. Leaving the decision of making dams in the hands of divided political leadership is nothing short of suicidal. …

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