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Encounters of the third Kind: Might is right – WAPDA has a monopoly on Pakistan’s power supply and no consumer pressure group can change that! By Fareeha Qayoom

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Encounters of the third Kind: Might is right – WAPDA has a monopoly on Pakistan’s power supply and no consumer pressure group can change that!

By Fareeha Qayoom

Pakistan is in the grip of a giant monster. It’s corporate in nature – full of red tape, corruption, mismanagement and decay. The brains seem to be missing though, however, its tentacles can be found even in the remote areas. Everyone you meet loves to hate it. But they can’t do without it either. Life as you know would be over if it was not around.

Unfortunately, the monster knows it too and exploits the situation to the max. You can escape, go underground, however, you would need your own resident power house (and no, you can’t supply it to your neighbors), or you could move to another country…chances are; you would never look back.

Living in Pakistan is all-time hard. Only we the citizens can swing it – visitors find it hard going and can’t understand our patience and tolerance for so many frustrating road-blocks that litter our days. At this point, they even get the ritual tyre burning incidents that block the mall road quite frequently!  In fact, one visitor from USA told me he would snap if he had to live here, he couldn’t take it anymore and he was going back earlier than planned!

The other option is to go the organic route- (it’s in fashion right now by the way), live off the land, go back a couple of centuries in time when life was simpler and there were fewer toys, there was the earth’s eco-system and you were part of it. Well, things are tougher for people who want to swim against the tide, you remember Darwin’s theory – survival of the fittest – well, it applies, going the organic route might cost you more than just conforming and forking out the cash up front. You would be literally eaten alive. Solar, wind, water power all cost money. Thermal, Nuclear, Generators run by gas or petrol so on and so forth is bad for the environment in the long run and is hardly organic even if they come off the earth…besides, at micro levels, the costs are astronomical; you could never afford it, no matter how rich you were. It has to be done on a macro level and you have seen how the government is handling the current power crisis. If you haven’t guessed it by now, you don’t live in Pakistan. The monster is called WAPDA.

Our troubles started when the new management/government was sworn in. Power outages may have been the norm in the past, however, the new management decided to give it a whole new twist. Ten to twelve hour power outages in the summers reduced to four to six hours in the winters, price hike every six months, poor to none-existent customer service, and excuses like circular debt are the new buzz words in our part of the world. Disgruntled customers are usually airing their views to anybody who will listen…hence; you hear regular rants on GEO TV against ‘LOAD SHEDDING’ – a term coined only for Pakistan. Who knows what the real problems are at WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority)?

What I do know is that it’s a new-age Robin Hood syndrome – rob the so-called rich and feed the richer – WAPDA loves overcharging and sending in excessive bills to ordinary consumers because there are 40 percent line losses. Somebody has to pay for it. DHA (Defence Housing Authority) is one neighborhood that’s been elected to make up the difference in Lahore. No this is no hearsay – I happened to speak to one insider on the lower rungs of LESCO – he gave me this classic explanation while defending his position! Unfortunately, we live in DHA, no, it’s not full of rich folk only – it’s also full of folk like us, not rich, just comfortable – I believe the correct derogatory term is yuppies – young, upwardly mobile professionals – (who live with their parents and do not own any property in their own right).

LESCO’s vendetta with me started when I became responsible for the electricity bill again after a lapse of about 18 months…another family member had temporarily taken over this chore – for some weird reason, LESCO had gone into a false sense of security with our domestic management change. They had started overcharging us because we had stopped noticing the number of units on the bill. They were excessive for the kind of appliances we were running. Besides, ours is a domestic connection, not a commercial one. We had been paying through our nose with no complaints.

When I took over the management of utility bills again about a couple of years ago, I noticed the change. No doubt, the cost of electricity had gone up in those 18 months but even then, the number of units were a bit excessive…I would make my younger bro check the meter…there were always discrepancies. We started visiting LESCO every month to lodge a complaint about number of units marked on the bill vs. the actual number on the meter. Funnily enough, there was usually a long queue at the SDO’s office with similar complaints. We would be sent to the basement to get the records straight, and next month again, we would have a similar problem. Eventually, the SDO and the record guy in the basement started recognizing us and expecting us once a month…we had become a familiar sight. However, with no solution in sight, the bill would be corrected temporarily to get rid of us but the difference would be billed to us again in some other form in the next month’s bill…

Unfortunately, the ‘actual meter reading vs. the imaginary bill reading’ problem never went away. So we decided to work on the principle of ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ – we applied for another meter connection…since the utility bill has different slabs of costs for different number of units – the more you use, the higher the rate of costs – the bill can be truly exorbitant in the summer, even if you are running only one air-con 24/7! Especially if the meter reading is pure fantasy, ours’ was. They would dream up the number and put it on the bill and then would defend it like mad, holding on to their position. After all, where could we go? We were stuck with them.

Middlebury Falls - from the south
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Luckily for us, they were allowing two meter connections on one address in those days. (Now they don’t. In fact, it has been reported last month in the news that they are thinking of taking down the second meter connections and no, they will not refund your money for the installation. I am praying like mad it doesn’t happen to us). So our application was processed eventually, they made us pay through our noses for the privilege by the way and  we had to put in more appearances at LESCO to jolly them along, they like to take their sweet time on every thing as usual.

Finally, the second meter got installed. Instead of the problem going away, now we have a bigger problem, instead of our bill going down because the costs rise on higher number of units used, and we had cleverly split the bill into two to halve the rates of costs, they were onto us!

Instead of costs going down (because number of units splitting into two and lower rates of costs becoming applicable); the number of units had gone up on both sets of bills so the bills were higher and now we were paying for 400-500 extra units that were pure fantasy! “No, our meters record the numbers correctly, no they are not fast. Digital meters are high-tech and the latest. No, our meter guy is very accurate. So what if you noted down the meter reading yourself today and its lower than the bill and ten days have gone past since we took it down? No, no one is stealing electricity from your line, no, no, no. Take it and stuff it down your throat,” is the message that we get from LESCO nowadays.

At this point, since they can lie on two meter readings, they went ahead and did just that…yes, there have been a couple of price hikes in the meantime and yes, the management has changed at LESCO – the new SDO Malik Bilal is strictly by the book guy – he doesn’t deal with consumers directly. He sends them on wild goose chase all over the place looking to get your problems sorted by someone else. The revenue officer Bashir Butt and his boss Nauman Malik are similarly unhelpful. No, at this point, we are not talking about the total number of units per bill but the arrears and the provisional bill on the new meter, there shouldn’t be any and the provisional bill should be split into four months instead of three as we got four bills to date and we paid them all. “No, the bills will get split on three months and our calculation is correct and there are arrears.” “No, how can you say that, all the bills were paid on time.” But no, they are always right. Your math skills don’t matter, only theirs do and they will defend it to death. You must be using the wrong calculator. The bill stays as is.  Hmmm.

Putting your complaints in writing doesn’t cut it. Putting in-person appearances doesn’t make a difference. Trying to find a neat solution for your problem doesn’t help, they will find a way around it too. Bottom line, you can’t win with LESCO/WAPDA. You have to pay and keep on paying for the privilege of living in Pakistan.

So what, they are charging you more than what a regular resident in USA or Europe would get billed for his utilities? Face it, you live in a poor country – by rights, you should be surviving on candles. You have to pay ‘extra’ for the privilege of getting electricity at all. You can’t afford this luxury even if you are a paying consumer. The government is doing you a favor by supplying electricity to you at all. In USA and Europe, the utility and power companies charge less because they are richer economies apparently. I don’t get it, may be you do.

In my book, if I am paying for something, I am entitled to value for my money. Apparently, the rules don’t apply when it comes to LESCO/WAPDA. You know, economies of scale…market rules, demand vs. supply – equilibrium. They have just raised the costs of electricity another 6 percent. It’s a monopoly and they like it like that, they even have laws in place – no other company, private or otherwise, can supply electricity to you directly, the consumer, even if they have in house power plants and are making more (electricity) than their needs. I repeat they can’t supply it to their nearest and dearest, they can only rent it to the government and the government will pay when they want to, you know, circular debt…(I had been thinking of talking to Nishat Chunian directly to become our power supplier of choice before my younger bro shot my idea down in flames…!) What about capacity? We have a higher demand than we can supply –another myth, half of the production plants have been closed down and are not currently making electricity…so it’s not a question of capacity; it’s a simple matter of economics. Somebody is not paying their bills and it’s not us – the consumers. Who is it? I leave it to you to figure it out. The question has me stumped.

You know no private sector corporate entity would behave in a similar manner and get away with it. They would be out of business in no time flat. Might is right. Beat the Jungle drums – we are going the organic route or is it the dark ages route? I forget. Does anyone know of a low cost candle making recipe for homes?

I leave you with one question  – what would happen to our electricity bills if there was no load shedding in the summers? Doesn’t this sound like a full action thriller with a bit of horror thrown in too?

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

61 Comments

  1. wind power plant in pakistan…

    An interesting post by a bloger made me ……

  2. Ali Ansar says:

    Very True

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  3. 2010 – The Government just raised the utility prices – for Gas by 18 percent and is planning to raise power prices by 24 percent, (6 percent every quarter) by the end of this year – check this out-

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/12-decision-to-raise-power-tariff-put-off–bi-08

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  4. FYI….

    Jan 6th, 2010: PEPCO Executing Energy Loss Reduction Plan

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  5. Jan 11, 2010 – Monday…

    hey you,
    You might find this news report interesting too…

    Focus on stability, IMF assured
    By Our Reporter
    Saturday, 09 Jan, 2010, Dawn reports…

    Relevant excerpts from the news report for your easy reference: as per the Govt’s letter of intent to IMF,
    “Electricity tariff differential subsidies for the year will be contained at Rs55 billion. We will take measures to make up for the delay in implementing the monthly fuel price adjustments, and a possible shortage of gas through the quarterly tariff adjustment in mid-December,” the government told IMF.”

    and

    ” To resolve the issue of circular debt in the electricity sector, the government informed IMF that the Holding Company established under the ministry of water and power has issued Rs85 billion of Term Finance Certificates (TFCs) on Sept 30. The transfer of the bulk of the remaining stock of circular debt of Rs216 billion is expected to take place by end-March, 2010. ”

    For detailed news report, click here….

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/business/13+focus+on+stability+imf+assured-za-04

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  6. fareeha says:

    Jan 17 2010 – Sunday…

    Turkey to set up 50MW windmills

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Business/17-Jan-2010/Turkey-to-set-up-50MW-windmills

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  7. Jan 18th 2010 – Monday…

    ADB report should be investigated
    Upadated on: 18 Jan 10 09:28 AM

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: Former Financial Adviser Salman Shah has said that the investigations should be conducted on the report of Asian Development Bank.

    Salman Shah told SAMAA that the amount paid for Rental Power Project are excessive and should be investigated after the audit report has been released. He said that the hydal power project produces power in Rs 1.50 to Rs 2.00 and affordable power could be provided to people through this project. He said that the power plants closed down due to shortage of oil should be reopened.

    POWER PRICES TO RISE BY 45%

    The ADB report issued on Sunday has indicated that power prices will by 45% due to the rental power plants agreements signed in haste.

    The ADB has given audit report on 14 rental power projects to the finance ministry, which stated that the government has made these agreements in haste. According to report, the rental power agreements would affect the electricity consumers as the electricity rates would increase by 45% in the country,.

    The government would have to pay US$ 5 billion against these power projects. The finance ministry would soon send this report to Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. SAMAA

    http://www.samaa.tv/News16259-ADB_report_should_be_investigated.aspx

    and

    Gas supply suspended as shortfall reaches record high

    ISLAMABAD: Gas supply to many industrial units, including the Karachi Electric Supply Company, has been suspended as the gas shortfall reached a record high in the country, with gas load shedding also being implemented for domestic consumers.

    According to the Petroleum Ministry, the Sui Southern and Northern Gas Companies have suspended supply to many units, as the increase in demand pushed the shortfall to 940 million cubic feet (MMCFD). The demand for gas is around 4050 MMCFD; however, the supply is around 3110 MMCFD, a private TV channel reported on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, gas load shedding has been increased for domestic consumers due to a rise in mercury levels, with the public complaining of low pressure throughout the day. app

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\01\18\story_18-1-2010_pg7_7

    and

    Karachiites curse KESC worst performance
    Published: January 18, 2010

    KARACHI – The prolong and unannounced power outages continue to haunt citizens of Karachi while people remained cursing the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) for its failure to provide relief to people even in the winter.

    This scribe observed the worst nightmare during visit to different markets and residential areas of the City here on Sunday.

    It has been observed that the KESC authorities have turned a deaf ear to hue and cry of citizens who had been made to suffer the worst power outages. People remained finding answer to the question as what they have to do to inform the government and authorities concerned of their tale of immense problems. Many residents were of the view that after privatising the KESC, the government had made itself totally indifferent to the precarious conditions of its masses. Consumers have been made helpless to pay high tariff for electricity but the services of KESC have deteriorated.

    A large number of citizens told The Nation on Sunday that it seemed that the KESC, through the power outage, wanted to play with people hide-and-seek as electricity in their areas comes for short time and goes off for a long period. They cursed the government for the KESC privatisation, saying that since the company had been privatised it performance had gone worse from bad with every passing day.
    Citizens have deplored the past claims made by Federal Minister for Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf that government would successfully do away with this problem, adding that now it was January 2010 but there were no signs of respite from the menace of load-shedding.

    People belonging to various walks of life maintained that the KESC authorities were seemed unable to run the affairs because they had failed to manage the menace of load shedding. Mohsin, a Karachi University student said, “I feel quite perturbed when I have to prepare my assignment and electricity goes off.” He lamented that in today’s world when scientific development had made enormous success we still lagged far behind that even we could not take measures to fulfil our power requirement. A resident of Landhi who runs a grocery shop informed The Nation that “the duration of load shedding has increased from 6 to 8 hour and they are without electricity at their home and shops. “Look, being a small shopkeeper, I have observed a declining in the number buyers at my shop due to the persistent power outages,” he pointed out. He said that it was alarming situation especially for the big factories, textile mills and other industries. A caller from Gulshan said that in winter season the consumption of electricity always remains very low but load-shedding from 7 to 8 hours had compelled them to think that what the KESC will do when summer will set in. He said there was no light in the area for several hours. The whole area was in darkness and no proper information was given by the staff at the local KESC Complaint Centre. The staff seemed to be totally unaware of the situation and were giving rehearsed answers, failing to either give a proper timeframe for the restoration of power supply in the area or why the frequent power breakdowns were occurring in the area, the local residents said. The Nation

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Karachi/18-Jan-2010/Karachiites-curse-KESC-worst-performance

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  8. Jan 19th 2010 – Tuesday…

    ADB report vindicates Tarin’s stand on RPPs

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    By Rauf Klasra

    ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin has reasons to feel elated as his views against the controversial rental power plants, which he had strongly expressed in one of the cabinet meetings in September last year, have now been publicly endorsed by the Asian Development Bank in its explosive audit report.

    “Yes, I feel very happy over the findings of the ADB against these rental power deals, as I was the only minister in the cabinet who had strongly opposed this policy,” said Shaukat Tarin while talking to The News. “I was ready to fund these projects only if the ADB was asked to audit these deals and give clearance. Thank God, I have been vindicated today”, said the finance minister.

    Shaukat Tarin and Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had locked horns in one of cabinet meetings in September last in the presence of their cabinet colleagues and Prime Minister Gilani. Tarin had strongly opposed the controversial deals with the influential rental power plants owners but the minister for water and power had got the policy approved after he had warned PM Gilani that the people would lynch us if we failed to end load shedding by December 2009, the deadline given by the minister to rid the country of frequent power outages.

    Now, the ADB has officially confirmed that not only serious irregularities were committed in the award of these multi-billion dollar contracts to certain powerful individuals and their companies it was a very expensive option by all means.

    The interesting part of this whole exercise is that the Auditor General of Pakistan in one of his reports about the accounts of water and power ministry had also revealed similar irregularities in a deal struck to install a rental power plant at Naudera. The report had revealed that this power plant, set up by the Pakistan Power Resource, was given several undue favours by the ministry of water and power and even it was assured regular supply of gas. But, interestingly, neither the chairman Public Accounts Committee Ch. Nisar Ali Khan gave any importance to the findings nor Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani took any notice of this audit report.

    But, during the National Assembly’s session on Monday, they did give importance to the findings of the ADB. Ch Nisar made the ADB report the basis of his lethal attack on the government. PM Gilani also took notice of the ADB report and promised to take measures in the light of its findings. But, both the leaders did not give any importance to the AGP report, which had revealed many important aspects of corruption in these deals many months ago.

    PM Gilani had earlier agreed to a third party evaluation of the controversial deals on Shaukat Tarin’s insistence, who had launched a campaign to stop the government from using the expensive option of getting the rental power plants installed in the country. He had argued before the cabinet that viable alternative sources were available which should be used before striking these deals. He said the government should first settle the court cases with the IPPs to restart power production. Likewise, he was in favour of making payments of outstanding dues to these IPPs. He also emphasised accelerated work on hydel power projects to produce cheap power.

    But, his arguments were not given any weight when the water and power minister warned that the government would not last if load shedding did not end by December 2009. A dejected finance minister had then decided to resign but Dr Babar Awan and a few other cabinet colleagues convinced Shaukat Tarin not to resign. One of the major demands of finance minister was to get the deals audited through a third party. Raja Ashraf was nowhere to be seen when the ADB report was presented in NA on Monday. The News

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=26758

    ADB yet to submit third party evaluation report

    KARACHI: A spokesman at the Ministry of Finance said Monday that a section of the print and electronic media has carried a story with reference to the Finance Division pertaining to the 3rd party evaluation of the energy sector being carried out by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The spokesman has clarified that as yet no report of the ADB on the subject has been furnished to the Ministry of Finance. In fact, the 3rd party evaluation report will reach in the Finance Division on Friday, January 22, 2010. Therefore, the story appearing in a section of the print and electronic media is speculative and not based on facts. staff report

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\01\19\story_19-1-2010_pg5_3

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  9. ‘Reports of 45 pc raise in power tariff speculative’

    Thursday, January 21, 2010
    By Asim Yasin

    ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Tuesday broke his silence on the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) report on Rental Power Projects, saying that the bank had not yet made public its report.

    It is likely to be submitted by January 22 and would be shared with parliament, the minister said. Speaking on a call attention notice on the ADB’s third party validation audit report, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf described the alleged increase of 45 per cent in power tariff as speculative.

    The minister said the government had voluntarily decided to have third party validation of the RPPs. Speaking on a call-attention notice on the adverse impact of hike in the power tariff on industry, the minister said the government was giving Rs 55 billion as subsidy to lessen the burden on the common man. “If the tariff is not raised, it will increase the circular debt to even more than Rs 400 billion,” he added.

    Answering a question, the minister said rental power was costlier than normal power. “It was a quick fix arrangement to avoid massive loadshedding because a hydel project takes 8-9 years to complete, coal 5-6 years and IPP 3-4 years,” he said.

    He said hydel power was the cheapest, costing Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 per unit. “At present, we have 35 per cent hydel and 65 per cent thermal power. We are trying to restore energy mix balance in our overall energy basket and work is in progress on Bhasha, Neelum-Jhelum, Kohala and Bunji projects,” he said. He said the schedule for loadshedding was prepared by the power distribution companies (Discos), taking on board all the stakeholders. The News

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=219850

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  10. Spending billions on obsolete energy saving option
    Thursday, January 21, 2010
    By Khalid Mustafa

    ISLAMABAD: At a time when 170 million people are facing massive power outages, some unscrupulous elements are pressing the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) to approve in its Thursday’s meeting the procurement of 30 million obsolete compact florescent lamps (CFLs) at a cost of Rs 7.030 billion apparently to reduce the electricity shortfall by 1,131 MW, a senior official at the Planning Commission told The News.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=219846

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  11. Government may import liquefied gas
    By A Reporter
    Friday, 22 Jan, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Petroleum Minister Syed Naveed Qamar has said the country is facing a shortage of one billion cubic feet of gas and negotiations are being held with international suppliers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet the shortfall.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/13+govt-may-import-liquefied-gas-210-za-06

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  12. Power tariff to go up by another 24 per cent
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Saturday, 23 Jan, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: After completion of a three-phased hike this year, the electricity tariff is likely to go up by another 24 per cent during the next financial year, putting a cumulative additional burden of more than 75 per cent in average power costs over two years.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/13+power-tariff-to-go-up-by-another-24-per-cent-310-za-04

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  13. Guess what? USA has alternative power generation sources like wind power – what are we doing to harness our natural resources to resolve our problems? – Nothing but talk!

    US wind power capacity up in ’09
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2211296320100126?type=marketsNews

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  14. Jan 28th 2010 – Thursday –

    No pressure to drop Pak-Iran gas project: Qamar
    By Kalbe Ali
    Thursday, 28 Jan, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Petroleum Minister Syed Naveed Qamar has said there is no pressure from the United States or any security agency to abandon the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/16-no-pressure-to-drop-gas-project-hs-10

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  15. Jan 28th 2010 – Thursday –

    Cabinet gives go ahead on 8 RPPs after ADB recommendations: Pervaiz Ashraf

    ISLAMABAD, Jan 27 (APP): Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf Wednesday said that the federal cabinet has given go ahead for eight Rental Power Projects (RPPs) following approval 11 points Asian Development Bank (ADB) report presented in the meeting.This he said at a joint cabinet briefing along with Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira and Minister for Finance Shaukat Tarin after the Cabinet meeting.He said that ADB recommended that eight RPPs of 1156 MW at advance stages of implementation should be vigorously pursued as country’s economy was suffering due to shortage of electricity.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=95147&Itemid=1

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  16. Release of full ADB report on RPPs withheld
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Friday, 29 Jan, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government withheld the release of full report of the Asian Development Bank on rental power projects for the time being, but cleared two of the most expensive RPPs to be set up at Naudero in Sindh under the Larkana Development Project.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/13+rental-power-projects-release-of-full-adb-report-withheld-910-za-09

    Economy to suffer revenue loss of Rs1.3tr
    By Kalbe Ali
    Friday, 29 Jan, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: The ministry of finance on Thursday informed the Senate standing committee on finance that the country was faced with serious fiscal gaps causing erosion of around Rs1.3 trillion per annum….

    Circular debt

    The committee was also briefed that the circular debt stood at Rs62 billion as on January 15, 2010, but the accumulated effect was serious and the finance minister said that for eliminating the debt the government was ensuring monthly fuel adjustment to the power sector.

    The committee was informed that the finance ministry had taken over circular debt of Rs216 billion from PEPCO, NTDC and Wapda and transferred to the Power Holding Company.

    Mr Tarin said that the long-term solution for power sector was to empower the electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) and make them autonomous bodies with strong boards.

    “PEPCO should be like holding company and not an operator,” Mr Tarin said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/business/13+economy-to-suffer-revenue-loss-of-rs1.3tr-910-za-13

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  17. Jan 29th 2010 – Friday –

    Sindh Assembly session: Power plant at link canal opposed
    KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly Thursday strongly opposed a proposed 44MW power plant at Chashma-Jehlum Link Canal by the Punjab government and demanded the federal government to abandon the project immediately.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20101\29\story_29-1-2010_pg12_1

    Jan 30th 2010 – Saturday
    Growers demand scrapping of Chashma-Jhelum power plant
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=221527

    Jan 31st 2010 – Sunday
    New power plant not to harm Sindh: Riaz
    Sunday, January 31, 2010
    By Our Correspondent

    LAHORE – THE proposed hydro electric power station at Chashma Jhelum Link Canal will neither stop water nor create any problem for Sindh province, said Punjab Senior Minister Raja Riaz here Saturday.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=221710

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  18. Jan 30th 2010 – Saturday –
    ADB finds rental power deals faulty
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Saturday, 30 Jan, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government released on Friday the Asian Development Bank report on rental power projects (RPPs) which highlights major inconsistencies and weaknesses in the contracts, violation of procurement and regulatory procedures, lack of available capacity utilisation and up to 87 per cent increase in customer tariff in two years.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/13+adb-finds-rpp-deals-faulty-010-za-08

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  19. fareeha says:

    Is fusion success in sight?
    Experiments at the National Ignition Facility have given researchers confidence that they’ll achieve a milestone in nuclear fusion sometime this year.

    The tests involved blasting a cylinder the size of a pencil eraser, known as a “hohlraum,” with 192 laser beams and seeing whether researchers could tweak the energy to create the right kind of implosion. The results suggested that they could – and that the $3.5 billion blaster in California just might produce the world’s first controlled fusion reaction, with more energy coming out than going in.

    http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/01/28/2187974.aspx

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  20. Sunday, January 31, 2010
    ADB’s evaluation report on RPPs

    Ministry clarifies government’s position
    ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Water and Power on Saturday clarified the government of Pakistan’s position after the release of Asian Development Bank’s evaluation report on rental power plants.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\01\31\story_31-1-2010_pg5_10

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  21. fareeha says:

    U.K. to Pay Higher Rates for Clean-Power Production (Update2)

    By Todd White and Jeremy van Loon

    Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) — The U.K. will begin offering above- market rates for clean energy produced by homes and businesses, following policies pioneered by Germany and Spain to spur small- scale use of wind and solar plants to reduce carbon emissions.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=awAWqvsojhVA

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  22. Filling of Mangla, hydropower projects in jeopardy
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Tuesday, 02 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The filling of Mangla Dam’s additional 2.33 MAF (million acre feet) storage capacity built at a cost of more than Rs90 billion and construction of cheap hydropower projects of about 4,500MW are in jeopardy because of non-implementation of the dam’s up-raising agreement and three provinces’ opposition to allocation of water for Azad Kashmir.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/13+filling-of-mangla%2C-hydropower-projects-in-jeopardy-220-za-07

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  23. fareeha says:

    Obama unveils plan for alternative fuels
    By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle
    Feb. 3, 2010, 9:52PM

    WASHINGTON — Saying he wanted to reduce the nation’s “dependence on foreign oil,” President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a raft of initiatives designed to boost the use of biofuels and make coal-fired power plants cleaner.

    In a meeting with Cabinet secretaries and a handful of state governors, Obama said he was advancing a “non-ideological … clean-energy agenda.”

    “We believe in a strategy of more production, more efficiency and more incentives for clean energy,” he said. As part of a broad energy portfolio, “we’re willing to make some tough decisions on issues like offshore drilling, so long as we protect coastlines and communities.”

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/6849995.html

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  24. No end to power cuts even beyond 2012

    Salim Ahmed

    Lahore—A meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Water and Power which was held at WAPDA House, Lahore, under the chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA, discussed the burning issue of Rental Power Projects. The Federal Minister of Water and Power, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf also ensured his presence in order to reply the questions of the members of the parliament representing all the major parties. The Chairman WAPDA, MD PEPCO along with senior officers of the Ministry briefed the committee members on the prevailing situation of load shedding and water crisis and why the option of RPPs was considered by the Government.

    http://pakobserver.net/201002/05/news/business05.asp

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  25. Probe ordered into Rs4bn power plant contract
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Monday, 08 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD, Feb 7: The government has ordered an inquiry into a Rs4 billion contract for supply and commissioning of Rahimyar Khan 500-KV substation project, following allegations levelled by foreign lenders and the lowest bidder from China about unfair bid evaluation process.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/13+probe-ordered-into-rs4bn-power-plant-contract-820-za-10

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  26. Plan to realise true potential of energy firms
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Tuesday, 09 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government is working on plans to improve efficiencies and cash flows of leading energy sector companies to attract foreign financial institutions into ‘reverse mergers’ for long term investment in such public sector entities.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/business/19-plan-to-realise-true-potential-of-energy-firms-920-hh-01

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  27. “Up to four years required to harness Thar coal”
    Bureau Report
    Monday, 15 Feb, 2010
    HYDERABAD: Prominent scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand, who is a member of Planning Commission, has said that Pakistan has world’s second largest coal deposits, which will take three to four years to be put to use.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/34-years-required-to-harness-thar-coal-mubarakmand-520

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  28. Ten oil and gas licences granted
    By A Reporter
    Wednesday, 17 Feb, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: Ten oil and gas exploration licenses were awarded to local and multinational companies here on Tuesday under the petroleum policy, 2009.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/business/13+10-oil,-gas-licences-granted-720-za-06

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  29. Power tariff may rise by 15pc next month
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Wednesday, 17 Feb, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: Electricity rates are likely to go up by another 15 per cent or Rs1.20 per unit (kwh) on March 1, mainly because of uneconomic use of fuel and resultant rise in generation cost.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-power-tariff-may-rise-by-15pc-next-month-720-hh-04

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  30. TMO, LESCO officials responsible for electricity theft in Lahore
    Upadated on: 02 Mar 10 04:28 PM

    LAHORE: The Lahore Electric Supply Corporation (LESCO) considers TMO and LESCO officials responsible for the electricity theft at the public gathering of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

    LESCO sources told SAMAA that investigative committee formed to investigate the matter of the electricity theft at the public gathering of PML-N has completed its investigation.

    Tehsil Municipal Officer Shalimar town appeared before the committee to record his statement. He admitted his mistake that it was his fault that he didn’t get permission for the usage of the electricity for the public gathering of PML-N.

    LESCO official put the fine of Rs 3000 on TMO. LESCO officials also suspended the Line Superintendent Shalimar town.

    The investigative report states that there is no involvement of PML-N leadership in the issue of electricity theft but LESCO officials are responsible for the issue. SAMAA
    http://www.samaa.tv/News17562-TMO_LESCO_officials_responsible_for_electricity_theft_in_Lahore.aspx

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  31. Pakistan opposition accused of electricity theft
    Officials of Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif have been accused of stealing electricity as he addressed a night rally to denounce corruption.

    Mr Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party has been accused by various newspapers of siphoning off power to provide lighting for the Lahore rally.

    They say that it was done by extensive use of illegal connections.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8545264.stm

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  32. Pakistan Government to Pay-off Debts of Energy Firms

    Posted on 03 March 2010 by Qurat-ul-Ain

    In order to avoid further energy crisis, Pakistan government has assured Pakistan State Oil, PSO that it will shortly pay off the debts of the two leading power producers.

    When PSO stopped the fuel supply to HUBCO and KAPCO after its warning, the shortfall of electricity in the country worsened and forced the government to resolve the non-payment issue. After a series of consultations, between Raja Pervez Ashraf, Minister for Water and Power, Syed Naveed Qamar, Petroleum Minister and Finance Secretary Salman Siddique that HUBCO and KAPCO need a bridge loan to pay off utilities. The two power companies were almost producing 2000MW on a regular basis.
    http://ibrahimsajidmalick.com/pakistan-government-to-pay-off-debts-of-energy-firms/1316/

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  33. Coal-based power plant in Thar
    PEPCO signs MoU with Engro for 12MW plant

    KARACHI: The Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) has singed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company for setting up 12 megawatts coal-based power plant in Thar.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\07\story_7-3-2010_pg12_1

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  34. Alternative, renewable energy policy being prepared
    By Amin Ahmed
    Sunday, 07 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The Alternative Energy Development Board is formulating a five-year policy to help create an environment conducive to the growth of domestic renewable energy.

    The new policy for alternative and renewable energy (ARE) will replace the existing short-term policy prepared in 2006. It will encompass all alternative and renewable energy sources, strengthen financial mechanisms and expand scope for rural energy services.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/06-alternative%2C-renewable-energy-policy-being-prepared-730-rs-08

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  35. PAC tells ministry to review gas tariff
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Sunday, 14 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee criticised the petroleum ministry and gas utility companies on Saturday for not protecting the consumers’ interests and asked the ministry to submit proposals for a new gas pricing formula within 15 days.

    Presiding over a meeting of the committee at the Parliament House, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of the PML-N said the system of calculating gas bills had provided utility companies a chance to fleece consumers and the petroleum ministry was not doing enough to check the excessive billing, “especially by the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines”.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-pac-tells-ministry-to-review-gas-tariff-430-hh-06

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  36. Govt will pay Rs45bn to ease energy crisis
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Saturday, 13 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The government decided on Friday to immediately release Rs45 billion to Pakistan State Oil, power companies and refineries to scale down rising circular debt which was causing an oil, gas and electricity crisis in the country.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/govt-will-pay-rs45bn-to-ease-energy-crisis-330

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  37. Iran and Pakistan sign ‘historic’ pipeline deal
    Pakistan and Iran have signed an agreement for the construction of a much-delayed natural gas pipeline, officials say.

    The $7.6bn project is crucial for Pakistan’s growing energy requirements. The country has suffered severe electricity shortages.

    The deal was signed between the two countries in Turkey.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8572267.stm

    Iran, Pakistan sign $7.5 billion gas pipeline deal
    By Nasir Jaffry (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan and Iran signed agreements Tuesday paving the way for a seriously-delayed 7.5 billion-dollar gas pipeline.

    The project has been trumpeted in Pakistan, which produces just 80 percent of the electricity it needs, as a partial answer to a crippling energy crisis in which has led to debilitating blackouts and suffocated industry.

    Pakistani Petroleum Minister Naveed Qamar said the heads of agreement (HOA) and operational agreement (OA) signed in Turkey on Tuesday was a “historic achievement and a milestone towards meeting the energy needs of the country”.

    He expressed hope that “physical work will start soon enabling the gas into the system by the timeline”.

    The United States has been pushing for a pipeline to South Asian countries from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan that would bypass arch-foe Iran.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iZj1gazeTx_yJR0AwSTVjO0z5Niw

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  38. POL discovers oil and gas in Attock
    By Dilawar Hussain
    Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010

    KARACHI: Pakistan Oilfield Limited (POL) said it had discovered hydrocarbon reserves in its fully-owned Meyal/Uchri lease located in district Attock.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/business/13+pol-discovers-oil%2C-gas-in-attock-730-za-06

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  39. Power crisis worsened, shortfall rose to 4,500MW
    Submitted 2 hrs 47 mins ago
    The power crisis has worsened in the country, Electricity shortfall rose to a staggering 4,500MW, forcing the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) to resort to a massive 9-hour unscheduled load shedding across the country. PEPCO said the total demand was 13,000MW and it generated 9,440MW. Pepco said its hydel units produced 2,396MW. Due to the massive shortfall, power generation companies had to resort of unscheduled load shedding of nine to twelve hours. Karachi suffered eight to 10 hours of power shutdown. The power crisis has worsened in the country as a fault developed at Guddu transmission line caused prolonged power shutdown in various districts of Baluchistan.
    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Business/19-Mar-2010/Power-crisis-worsened-shortfall-rose-to-4500MW

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  40. Rs1.44 per unit hike sought in power tariff
    By Khaleeq Kiani
    Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) said on Friday that Pepco’s Central Power Purchase Agency had sought an increase of about Rs1.44 per unit (Kwh) on the basis of fuel expenditure of power companies for February.

    The increase has been sought under the monthly fuel adjustment formula.

    However, a final determination of the fuel-based tariff increase will be subject to a public hearing on March 24.

    Sources in Nepra said the generation cost of Kot Addu Thermal Power Company had significantly increased because of its higher reliance on diesel instead of natural gas or furnace oil.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/rs1.44-per-unit-hike-sought-in-power-tariff-030

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  41. Only 14pc of allocated funds released in 6 months
    By Our Reporter
    Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Despite the country facing a severe water and power crisis, only 14 per cent of the Rs67.591 billion allocated for development projects in the sector was released during the first half of the current financial year.

    The government has released a little more than 25 per cent of the Rs421 billion earmarked for the Public Sector Development Programme.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/water%2C-power-sector-projects-for-200910-only-14-per-cent-of-allocated-funds-released-in-6-months-030

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  42. Sunday, March 21, 2010
    By By Our Correspondent
    LAHORE

    THE Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) has changed the loadshedding schedule for worse as now people from across the country complain about 3-4 hours loadshedding at a stretch.

    According to details, Pepco is carrying out 12 and 18 hours of loadshedding in the urban and rural areas respectively across the country including the provincial metropolis as the shortfall between the demand and supply has risen to 4,021MW.

    Moreover, people from the City and the other areas of the country complained about abrupt power outages, saying the loadshedding had no timings and their social lives had come to a halt.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=230191

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  43. Power crisis on; shortfall soars to 5000 MW
    Updated at: 1330 PST, Monday, March 22, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: The power crisis inflicting the country for several days now, continued unabated today, as the shortfall raged to 5000 Megawatts, triggering problems for the domestic and industrial consumers, Geo News reported Monday.

    Meantime, the power issue has led to the water shortage as well.

    The Water and Power Minister and Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) could not put their power houses in motion despite the definite orders from the government, owing to their arrears worth billions of rupees and furnace oil supply discontinuation.

    The Power and Water Ministry sources said the Pepco is misstating to cover up its failure as there was no reduction in the hydal production amid Pepco’s power houses closed for third day today.

    It has turned quite routine for all cities including Lahore to have 11-hour load shedding; while, the life is still afflicted with 16 to 20 hours of load shedding in small cities and villages. This has put the consumers on the rack and the industries including small and large have neared ruination.

    The Pepco sources said a high-level meeting has been called today. The meeting is slated to mull over load shedding by the distribution companies not the Regional Control Center Islamabad, as the forced and additional hours of load shedding are unleashing the anger among people.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=101284

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  44. Iran vexed by Pakistan’s inaction over power offer
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Monday, 22 Mar, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: Iran appears to be displeased with Pakistan’s indifference to its offer to export electricity and its ambassador in Islamabad finds no justification for lack of progress in reaching an agreement on the matter.

    “I’m perplexed. I can’t understand what’s wrong with the Iranian offer,” Ambassador Masha’allah Shakeri said while talking to Dawn.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-iran-vexed-by-pakistans-inaction-over-power-offer-230-hh-02

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  45. No end to outages this summer
    Tuesday, March 23, 2010
    By Umer Bhatti

    LAHORE

    PAKISTAN Electric Power Company Managing Director Tahir Bisharat Cheema has said loadshedding is not going to end during this summer but its duration will be much less than it was in the last year.

    He was talking to media persons at his office here on Monday. Mr Cheema’s statement about continuation of loadshedding during this summer clearly negates the Pepco’s clarification sent to The News in June 2009, in which the company had categorically stated that “it took the responsibility to end loadshedding by December 2009.”

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=230468

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  46. Power shortfall worsens to 5000MW
    Crisis hurting national economy
    Tanvir Siddiqi

    Islamabad—The power crisis inflicting the country for several days is assuming alarming proportions with the shortfall emerging rising up to 5000 Megawatts, triggering problems for domestic and industrial consumers.

    The power crisis has led to water shortage with disastrous effect on the agriculture sector, which is the backbone of the country’s economy.

    The Power and Water Ministry sources said the Pepco is mis-stating the facts about the rising shortage of energy to cover up for its failure as there was no reduction in hydel production as PEPCO’s power houses remained closed for third day consecutive day on Monday.

    The Pepco sources said a high-level meeting has been called. The meeting is slated to mull over load shedding by distribution companies with people resorting to street agitation almost all over the country.
    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=21871

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  47. Electricity crisis worsens as shortfall soars to 5,000MW

    * High-level meeting called to discuss power outages
    * PEPCO managing director says impossible to overcome power crisis

    LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: The power crisis inflicting the country for several days now, continued unabated on Monday, as the country’s shortfall rose to 5,000 megawatts, triggering problems for domestic and industrial consumers, a private TV channel reported.

    Water and Power Ministry sources said the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) was trying to cover up “its failure” by misstating facts.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\23\story_23-3-2010_pg1_5

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  48. Summary for Wapda-Pepco merger finalized
    Updated at: 1654 PST, Monday, March 22, 2010
    Summary for Wapda-Pepco merger finalized ISLAMABAD: In the wake of nation-wide power outages and other related issues, a summary has been finalized for the merger of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) and Pakistan Electric Supply Corporation (PEPCO).

    The summary will be forwarded to the Prime Minister for final approval.

    The decision has been taken in the wake of Pepco’s failure to overcome electricity load-shedding and other issues of power distribution, according to government sources.

    Sources said that the Pepco was separated from the Wapda in September 2007, after which line losses, increase in load shedding duration and reduction in recovery were witnessed.

    The sources said that circular debt had also climbed to Rs121 billion from Rs81 billion. As a result, the two entities were being merged again.

    The summary said that increase in the circular debt was the main reason behind electricity load shedding.
    http://www.geo.tv/3-22-2010/61562.htm

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  49. PEPCO proposes early closure of markets
    Updated at: 1628 PST, Wednesday, March 24, 2010
    PEPCO proposes early closure of markets LAHORE: Pakistan Electric Power Company (Private) Limited (PEPCO) has proposed early closure of markets to control load shedding.

    In a media briefing, DG PEPCO said a proposal has been submitted to government for the closure of markets across the country before dusk. It will save 700 to 1,000 MW electricity.

    He said National Power Control Center has been directed to halt unscheduled load shedding whereas 7 to 8 hours load shedding will continue in big cities whereas schedule load shedding will continue in small towns and cities. The power plant of 1200 MW will be included in the system till May, he added.

    http://www.geo.tv/3-24-2010/61679.htm

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  50. Loadshedding likely to decrease next month: Pepco
    Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-loadshedding+likely+to+decrease+next+month+pepco-hs-02

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  51. Govt taking all possible measures to control power crisis: Ashraf
    By Adnan Rafique

    ISLAMABAD—Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday underlined said that government is taking all possible measures to reduce the gap between demand and supply. According to Spokesman of Ministry of Water and Power, he said during a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy Crisis ( CCEC ) held here Thursday under the Chairmanship of the Federal Minister for Water & Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf to discuss the current power situation and related matters.
    The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Shahid Rafi, Secretary Water & Power, Riaz Ahmed Khan, Advisor Water & Power, Salman Siddique, Secretary Finance, Additional Secretary Ministry of Petroleum, Additional Secretary Ministry of Water and Power, MD Pepco, MD PSO, MD KESC and other senior officials of the Ministry of Water & Power, Pepco and SNGPL.

    http://dailymailnews.com/0310/26/CityPage/CityPages3.php

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  52. US, Pakistan Sign Energy, Infrastructure Deals in Washington Talks

    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/US-Pakistan-Set-for-Second-Day-of-Talks-89100887.html

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  53. Power crisis due to water shortage in reservoirs: Ashraf
    By Adnan Rafique

    ISLAMABAD—While power outages continue across country due to shortfall of 47MW, Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf has said the country is in the grip of unprecedented decrease in water flow in major reservoirs.
    Unannounced load shedding continued in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Peshwar and other cities despite Pakistan Electric Power Company (Private) Limited (Pepco) announcement that no unscheduled loadshedding would be carried out.
    Duration of load shedding varies between seven to 19 hours in big and small cities. Electricity shortfall may rise if temperature increases.

    http://dailymailnews.com/0310/27/CityPage/CityPages9.php

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  54. No US pressure regarding IP gas pipeline project: Lashari
    Friday, 26 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Secretary Ministry of Petroleum Kamran Lashari said that letter of sovereign guarantee was sent to Iran to finalize the process of Pak-Iran gas pipeline and after due reply from Iran a final agreement will be signed in April in France.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-no+us+pressure+regarding+ip+gas+pipeline+project+lashari-hs-01

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  55. No power for 14 hours makes life ‘living hell’
    Saturday, March 27, 2010
    By By Our Correspondent
    LAHORE

    AT least eight to 10 hour loadshedding in urban and 12 to 14 hour loadshedding in rural areas is bringing untold misery to the people.

    The Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) is shutting down power for as long as 14 hours in a day as shortfall between demand and supply has touched the figure of 5,000MW. Some rural areas in the country are even facing up to 17 hours of loadshedding. A man from Chak Narang, a village on the Rawalpindi-Chakwal Road, told The News on Friday that his village experienced up to 20 hours of loadshedding during since the Thursday night.

    Naila Faisal from Jhelum gave the following timings of loadshedding in her city; 10am-11am, 12 noon till 2pm, 4pm-7pm, sometimes 6pm-8pm, 10pm-12am, 3am-4am, and 5am-6am. People from the provincial capital said they were also observing more than 8 hours loadshedding which was a scheduled time given by Pepco for the urban areas.

    A woman from Samanabad said her area was suffering badly due to loadshedding of four hours after every one hour. She said their life had become wretched due to power outages. Zoya from Faisal Town, D-Block, said electricity went off after every one hour and no schedule was being followed by the electricity companies.

    Speaking to the media at Wapda House on Friday, DG EMC Pepco Muhammad Khalid said the increased loadshedding in the country was due to the load of tube-wells. He said that due to less rains and consequent shortage of water, farmers were compelled to run their tube-wells in order to meet the demand of water for their crops.

    Khalid said the National Power Control Centre (NPCC) had been strictly asked by Pepco not to shut down power on emergency basis but it was still doing so in order to save the overall power system of the country. He said the orchards and farmhouses in Balochistan required the maximum electricity in order to save the precious fruit crops so they were being provided power for up to 15 hours.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=231083

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  56. The power crisis
    By Ahmad Faruqui
    Monday, 29 Mar, 2010

    PAKISTAN is awash in a series of power crises but the one that carries the Orwellian name of loadshedding trumps them all. Everyday millions are without power for up to 10 hours. In rural areas, power cuts last even longer.

    Only the landed aristocracy and the nouveau riche with their back-up generators are not inconvenienced. The bourgeoisie subsist on uninterrupted power supplies but these only keep the computers on for a few hours, along with a few lights and fans. The proletariat, already fatigued by innumerable other crises, seem resigned to baking in sizzling temperatures as the summer approaches.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/the-power-crisis-930

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  57. Nepra allows Rs1.02 hike in power tariff
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Monday, 29 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has allowed Rs1.02 per unit fuel cost adjustment in the consumer tariff of Wapda’s eight distribution companies for the month of February this year and the extra charge will be added to consumers’ bills for next month.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-nepra-allows-rs1.02-hike-in-power-tariff-930-hh-05

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  58. Losing patience to 16-20hr power outages
    Tuesday, March 30, 2010
    By Umer Bhatti

    LAHORE

    LAHORITES have become nervous wrecks as the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) is resorting up to 16 and 20 hours of loadshedding in the urban and rural areas of the provincial capital respectively.

    The shortfall between the demand and supply of power has soared up to 6000MW contrary to the Pepco’s claim of 5000MW.

    Loadshedding duration was 16 hours in Karim Block of Allama Iqbal Town, one hour after every hour in Nargis Block of Allama Iqbal Town, more than 12 hours in Faisal Town with four hours in a stretch and nine hours scheduled and 3-4 hours forced in Askari Flats, Gulberg.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=231630

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  59. Turkey to help Pakistan overcome energy crisis: Gul PDF Print E-mail

    LAHORE, Apr 01 (APP): Turkish President Abdullah Gul has said the Turkish people are fully aware of the energy crisis being faced by Pakistan and Turkey will provide all possible help to overcome the problem. He was addressing the Pak-Turkey CEO forum organized by Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PIBT) at a local hotel on Thursday.

    Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and other dignitaries were also present on this occasion.

    The Turkish President said Turkey had vast experience in the construction sector and the world’s second larges fleet of 250 construction companies after China, which were building dams and big projects.

    Abdullah Gul observed that people of Pakistan had proved their intellect in the business sector all over the world which needed to be utilized to expand mutual trade between both brotherly countries.

    http://ftp.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=99720&Itemid=1

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  60. Newsweek Pakistan event caps President Gul’s state visit

    Turkey has released $10 million of the $100 million pledged at the Friends of Democratic Pakistan forum and is assisting, through its private sector, Pakistan meet its energy requirements.

    Turkey’s Zorlu Energy has set up Pakistan’s first wind-based power project at Jhimpir, and Karkey Karadeniz will provide Karachi with 500MW of barge-mounted rental power.

    Turkey and Pakistan are part of the D8 and the Economic Cooperation Organization, which has developed and implemented the Pakistan-Iran-Turkey cargo train service to facilitate trade among the countries and also potentially allow Pakistani products access to European markets.

    http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=160898

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  61. Iftikhar Butt says:

    I am the voice of Pakistan, the 16 Crore Poor people of Pakistan need cheapest Electricity, All Pakistani want to welcome China to creat energy here in Pakistan for just Rs.300/- per House.

    But our Rulers need Rental Power Projects to give poor people of Pakistan high Rate of Energy (of Electricity)…..

    What is This??? Is that our Ruling Elite of Pakistan which was elected by poor people of Pakistan for Development of Pakistan not for own and self home Development of Rurlers. Think about it……..

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