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Can pre-paid electricity meters help solve Pakistan’s circular debt crisis?

Can pre-paid electricity meters help solve Pakistan’s circular debt crisis?

The Government of Pakistan has recently tabled an Amendment Bill to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Act (Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act 1997) to recover the stock of circular debt in the power sector from current consumers of electricity in the country. This has sparked a debate on the burden that will fall on consumers through the electricity tariff spike that will follow. …

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Solar power systems on boot And boo instead of self-investment/headaches/confusion/risks

Solar power systems on boot And boo instead of self-investment/headaches/confusion/risks

There are new buzzwords in the marketplace, such as Solar power, Inverter systems, Lithium batteries. We here in Pakistan have a habit of giving opinion on technical, commercial, financial, legal, micro-financing etc. in abundance without knowledge or experience. We opine on each and every matter, like we do in case of religion, politics, energy mix, how to run factories, hospitals, hotels and son on. I worked in 4 other countries, …

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Benefits of lower interest rates and fuel prices

Benefits of lower interest rates and fuel prices

Central banks around the world have slashed interest rates, though perhaps none as aggressively as State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). According to a recent report by Bloomberg, Pakistan has cut its interest rates the most this year, out of a survey of nine countries, including the US, Peru, South Africa, Turkey and Ukraine. Coronavirus has created ‘unique’ challenges for a monetary policy due to its non-economic origin. In last three …

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Falling oil prices, biggest threat to US shale producers

Falling oil prices, biggest threat to US shale producers

The week ended on 13th March 2020 can be termed one of horrific weeks for crude oil producers and traders as prices went down about 50 percent since the start of the year. Oil rebounded a bit on Friday following movement in the US Congress to pass a coronavirus economic relief bill. Nevertheless, the near-term looks dire for oil markets, with supply rising quickly as demand continues to collapse. The added threat is likely …

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NEPRA Energy Week – A review: Power sector’s effective and informative scope under consideration

NEPRA Energy Week - A review- Power sector’s effective and informative scope under consideration

For the first time in the history of National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), Pakistan’s power sector regulator organized the Energy Week from 24-28 February 2020 in Islamabad. Five full days were dedicated to discuss various aspects of the power sector with the objective to listen to the views of sector experts; to figure out the most suitable and efficient solution of various challenges currently Pakistan’s power sector is facing …

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Will OPEC plus opt for deeper oil cut?

Will OPEC plus opt for deeper oil cut

Members of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are scheduled to meet in Vienna in first week of March 2020. Top of the agenda item is to decide production quotas in the aftermath of coronavirus spread. To arrive at further production cut will not be easy because of United States emerging as one of the largest oil producing country as well as exporting substantial quantity. Even the bigger concern is …

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Need to end Saudi-Iran animosity

Need to end Saudi-Iran animosity

One completely fails to understand why even a thought of ending Saudi-Iranian animosity make the supporters of monarch jittery. If one could recollect lately Iraq made an attempt to ease tension between the two arc enemies, but turmoil was created in Iraq. Soon after two top military strategist, one each from Iran and Iraq were killed, the probability of war in the region increased manifold. Recently, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad …

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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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