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E NERGY C RISIS IN P AKISTAN
E DITOR D R N OOR
A SSISTANT E DITOR K HALID H USSAIN
Preface 1. Pakistan: Power Crisis Feared by 2007 2. Major Energy Crisis Feared 3. Pakistan’s Quest for Energy Security 4. Waste to Energy is Needed in Pakistan 5. Type of Energy 6. Thermal Energy 7. Hydel Energy 8. Wind Energy 9. Rising Oil Prices 10. Pakistan Coal Reserves be Explored 11. Pakistan Iran Agree on Gas Pipeline Project 12. ECNEC Approves Energy Projects 13. Energy Crisis in Pakistan-I 14. Energy Crisis in Pakistan-II 15. Pakistan's Energy Crisis to Worsen in Next Two Year 16. Wind Power: Solution to Energy Crisis 17. Energy Crisis may go from Bad to Worse 18. Asian Development Bank Considering Loan for Small Hydro Projects 19. US Advise Pakistan to Purchase Electricity from Central Asia 20. Energy Strategy 21. Pakistan Urged to Import 4,000MW from CARs 22. Fuel Shortage may Worsen Power Situation 23. Energy Crisis: Serious and Worsening 24. Energy Crisis in Pakistan is Growing Rapidly 25. Efficient Household Appliances to Mitigate Energy Crisis 26. Coping with the Energy Crisis 27. Iranian, Pakistani Presidents Resolve Pipeline Issues 28. Ties with Iran v 1 3 4 7 10 10 12 13 15 17 17 18 18 21 22 23 26 27 27 28 30 32 33 35 38 40 43 44 45 47 48 50
29. Power Crisis & Alternate Energy Technology
30. Government Calls IPPs Meeting to Tackle Power Crisis 31. Competing Firms Complete Feasibility Reports 32. Government to Invite Businessmen to Discuss Power Crisis
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Entangled in Energy Web Meeting Held to Discuss Pakistan's Energy Crisis Government Taking Steps to Overcome Energy Crisis Energy Conservation Plan to Combat Shortage Demand-Supply Gap Increases Dramatically Pakistan Facing Acute Power Shortage Renewable Resources Must to Counter Energy Crisis Load Shedding: Part of Conspiracy Coal Power Plants to Help Overcome Energy Crisis Government to Ensure Indiscriminate Load Shedding: PM Pakistan Puts Clocks Forward, Hopes to Save Electricity The Option for Solar Power Advancing of Clocks Creates Confusion Iran can Help Pakistan in Energy Sector SAARC Members Asked to Sign Energy Treaty Subsidy on Use of Up to 200 Power Units Stays Load Shedding becomes a Nightmare for Karachiites Severe Fuel Crisis Hits Frontier Shortage of Fuel at Petrol Pumps Causing Concern Shortage of Petrol Products Tormenting Consumers No End to Electricity Meter Shortage Peshawar Transporters Threaten to Besiege Oil Depots Diesel Shortage Affecting Operation of Tube-wells, Tractors Load Shedding Increases as KANUPP Trips Again Fuel Stations Run Short of Diesel Frequent Power Shutdowns Bringing Grades Down New Energy Order Power Plants Top Gas Supply Priority List Resolving Power Crisis a Priority Authority Set Up for Thar Coal Mining
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coal. Pakistan needs about 14000-15000MW electricity per day. Noor ul Haq . besides nuclear power plants for production of energy. 500 MW per day and thus there is a shortfall of about 30004000MW per day.. it can produce about 11. This shortage is badly affecting industry. Needless to say that if the country wishes to continue its economic development and improve the quality of life of its people. as well as other alternate and renewable energy sources. no worthwhile steps have been taken to install new capacity for generation of the required energy sources. The Factfile includes selected articles and news items on the subject appearing in the media from 2nd July 2004 till 10th July 2008.4 IPRI Factfile P REFACE Pakistan is presently facing a serious energy crisis. and use all available sources to enhance production of energy. Despite strong economic growth during the past decade and consequent rising demand for energy. July 10. commerce and daily life of people.000 MW per day by 2010. waste. All possible measures need to be adopted. Presently.e. and the demand is likely to rise to approximately 20. It seems that the government is considering importing energy from Iran and Central Asian Republics and using indigenous sources. i. hydel. such as. to conserve energy at all levels. wind. and solar power. 2008. the demand exceeds supply and hence “loadshedding” is a common phenomenon through frequent power shutdowns. Now. it has to make serious efforts towards framing a coherent energy policy.
Keeping in view the past trend and the future development.3 per cent.7 per cent. a top level WAPDA official maintained that electricity demand surged up to 13 per cent during last quarter. According to an official report. otherwise the gap between firm supply and peak demand will remain on the rise. However.6 per cent during first three-quarter of last fiscal year. Chairman WAPDA Tariq Hamid at a Press conference early this year warned about the possible energy crisis and stressed the need for ‘quantum jump’ in power generation.1 per cent. The report maintained that the difference between firm supply and peak demand is estimated at 5. sources maintained.” informed sources told The Nation.4 per cent. other government sector 7. WAPDA has also revised its load forecast to eight per cent per annum as against previous estimates of five per cent on average. The survey said household sector has been the largest consumer of electricity accounting for 44. which will erode surplus production in absence of commissioning of any new power generation project during this financial year. it is reliably learnt Thursday.457 MW) during the financial year 2006-07. The experts say it could only be possible through a mega project of hydropower generation.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 1 P AKISTAN : P OWER C RISIS F EARED BY 2007 The country may plunge into energy crisis by the year 2007 due to rising electricity demand which enters into double digit figure following increasing sale of electrical and electronic appliances on lease finance. commercial 5.2 per cent of total electricity consumption followed by industries 31.529 MW by the year 2009-10 when firm electricity supply will stand at 15. As per Pakistan Economic Survey 2003-04.584 MW.5 per cent and street light 0. . The country needs a quantum jump in electricity generation in medium-term scenario to revert the possibilities of load shedding in future due to shrinking gap between demand and supply of electricity at peak hours. agriculture 14. Even the revised load forecast has also failed all assessments due to which Authority has left no other option but to start load management this year. which may convert into scheduled load shedding over a period of two year.055 MW against peak demand of 20. electricity consumption has increased by 8. “The country may face energy crisis by the year 2007 following healthy growth of 13 per cent in electricity demand during the last quarter. the gap between firm supply and peak hours demand has already been shrunk to three digit (440 MW) during this fiscal and will slip into negative columns next year (-441 MW) and further intensify to (-1.
5 billion on augmentation of distribution lines this fiscal while another Rs 5 billion will be consumed on transmission lines. they added. sources said.000 MW surplus electricity.2 IPRI Factfile They said the power generation projects. the sources said Malakand-lll (81MW).energybulletin.htm . New Bong Escape (79MW) and Rajdhani (132MW) are expected by 2009 while Taunsa (120MW) is likely to be completed by 2010. Besides this. the official said the Authority would spend Rs 3.net/883. Mangla Dam raising project would also add 150 MW capacity to the national grid by June 2007. He expressed full trust on present transmission and distribution system and said it could easily sustain the load of total installed power generation in the country.082 MW firm supply and 14. which are due to commission in coming years are of low capacity and will not be able to exceed the surging demand of the electricity. They say no power generation project will commission during this fiscal year and the total installed capacity of electricity generation will remain 19.478 MW to meet 15. Sources say WAPDA has also planned to install a high efficiency combined cycle power plant at Baloki (450MW). he admitted that the shortage may occur in the year 2007 and onward and said the Authority will utilise all options including running of IPPs plant at full capacity to avert any possible crisis. Giving details of projects. About the system augmentation to bring down line losses. which is expected to be completed by 2010. However. When contacted. Moreover. 2004 http://www. The official further said that five new transmission lines of 220-KV would be installed by the end of 2004. Khan Khwar (72MW). Pehur (18MW) and combined cycle power plant at Faisalabad (450MW) are planned to be commissioned during the year 2007. Duber Khwar (130MW) and Kayal Khwar (130MW) are expected to be completed in 2008 along with Golan Gol (106MW) and Jinnah (96MW). efforts are also under way with China National Nuclear Corporation for the construction of a third nuclear power plant with a gross capacity of 325 MW at Chashma. Moreover.642 MW peak demand. that would ensure smooth supply to the consumers. “We have been negotiating Rs 9 billion loan with a consortium of local banks to upgrade and augment the power transmission system. Allai Khwar (121MW).” he disclosed. July 2. power plant 1 & 2 of 300 MW each at Thar Coal with the assistance of China are also planned for commissioning in 2009. In addition of these. a WAPDA official said there is no power shortage in the country at present as the Authority still has over 1. Matiltan (84MW).
he said. Gwadar port as energy hub and LNG import. he added. he said. According to official energy demand forecast. including the three import pipeline projects. Current year’s oil import bill has again been projected by the government at about $6. Planning Commission sources said the government had planned to add an overall power generation capacity of about 7. about 4. the country would need to enhance its dependence on imported oil. According to the former minister. Partly contributed by gas shortfalls.5 billion in 2004-05. besides oil and gas import pipelines. show no signs of progress for various reasons while concentration on energy facilities in Gwadar would chiefly depend on security situation.880MW by 2010. They included three gas import pipelines. having about 50 per cent share in the country’s energy consumption. but major initiatives of meeting this gap are far from turning into reality. accounting for 61 per cent of capacity expansion.250MW by 2010.860MW is to be based on natural gas. Major shortfall is expected in the natural gas supplies. which have started to rise in the recent days. four of these measures. Of this.8 million tons. Pakistan’s total energy requirement would increase by about 48 per cent to 80 million tons of oil equivalent (MTOE) in 2010 from about 54 MTOE currently. Last year’s oil import bill amounted to about $6. he added.5 billion on last year’s average prices.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 3 M AJOR E NERGY C RISIS F EARED Pakistan is most likely to face a major energy crisis in natural gas. power and oil in the next three to four years that could choke the economic growth for many years to come. Since the gas shortfalls were expected to be much higher. the power shortage is expected to be little over 5. he said. mainly because of higher international oil prices . would increase by 44 per cent to 39 MTOE from 27 MTOE currently. said a former petroleum minister on condition of anonymity for the simple reason that he had also served the present government.a burden expected to be even higher in future as a result of growing Middle East crisis. However. thus increasing pressure on foreign exchange situation.5 billion compared with about $3. . This would leave a total deficit of about nine million tons of diesel and furnace oil imports. official estimates and energy experts suggest. the demand for natural gas. adding that the oil demand would also increase by over 23 per cent to about 21 million tons in 2010 from the current demand of 16. the government had planned five major initiatives to meet these energy requirements.
2015 and 2020. The fifth initiative of LNG import was on schedule and would start delivering about 0.8 per cent.8 per cent and domestic-commercial 22.5 per cent in recent years and is expected to be seven per cent with power industries and domestic consumption accounting for 82 per cent. As per the World Bank estimates. Annual production at present is about 1. Globally . supplies to large users mainly industries and power plants are curtailed during winter months to ensure supplies to domestic. July 28. general industries 24 per cent. Pakistan’s gas reserves are 32. is expected in 2010. Natural gas is the fastest growing primary energy source. therefore. Even though this gap would be met by LNG imports. Khaleeq Kiani. According to World Bank estimates. The bank said the indigenous gas supply would fall from 32. gauge the quantum of shortage in case import pipelines are not materialised.16 TCF. Demand growth has been up to 8.5 BCFD by 2015. considering that domestic production does not grow substantially. the gas-based power expansion of about 4.com/2006/07/29/top16.4 IPRI Factfile However. On one hand it is used for the industrial and agricultural purposes and on the other hand it is required for domestic use of the citizens. quadrupling in 2025. Petroleum ministry officials are not ready to speak on record about gas import options and resultant overall energy shortfalls because of recent political developments on Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline project and security situation in Afghanistan and non-certification of gas reserves in Turkmenistan.htm P AKISTAN ’ S Q UEST FOR E NERGY S ECURITY Energy has become an important prerequisite for the economic development of a country. the gas imports will represent almost 67 per cent of natural gas supply in 2025.6 MTOE in 2010 to 20. said the sources.860MW would remain in doubt since these estimates were based on gas import options for completion in 2010. Dawn.8 per cent. Power sector demand represents 41 per cent of total gas consumption. 2006 http://www. with reserveproduction ratio in the order of 27 years. commercial and small industries. cement 1.7 MTOE in 2025 while the ‘gas supply-demand gap’ would rapidly increase as demand is expected to grow continuously. fertiliser 7. Therefore.dawn. it would again increase to 20 per cent of the total demand.5 per cent and CNG 2.8 TCF at present.3 billion cubic feet of gas (BCFD) by 2009 and another 0. said the sources. Gas demand already displays seasonal pattern with national demand growing in winter beyond transmission capacity. One can. a demand gap (supply shortage) of about four per cent of the total demand.
and coal account for about 70 percent of this capacity.3 percent annually from 2002 to 2025. Agency for energy consumption has projected that by the year 2010 South Asian countries shall be consuming more than double the current levels of primary commercial energy. with the most vigorous growth in demand expected among the emerging economies. as of January 1.9 percent for oil consumption and 2. Pakistan ranks third in the world for use of natural gas as a motor fuel. The major energy issues facing South Asian nations today are keeping up with rapidly rising energy demand. Currently. Pakistan ambitiously seeks to increase oil production through new alliances with foreign companies. Consumption of natural gas worldwide increases in the forecast by an average of 2.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 5 consumption of natural gas is projected to increase by nearly 70 percent between 2002 and 2025. 2005. The electric power sector accounts for almost one-half of the total incremental growth in worldwide natural gas demand over the forecast period. South Asia is important to world energy markets because it contains 1. According to the Oil and Gas Journal (OGJ). After India.3 billion people and is experiencing rapid energy demand growth. Pakistan will see power shortages by 2007 unless actions are taken to increase generation and reduce transmission losses. The Government is understandably engaged in a vigorous effort to expand the nation’s power generation capacity through building of dams and inviting foreign investors for establishing thermal units in the country. Transmission losses are about 30 percent. Pakistan’s largest energy source is natural gas. Economic and population growth in South Asia have resulted in rapid increases in energy consumption in recent years. Pakistan hopes to make gas the fuel of choice for future electric power generation projects. Currently. behind Brazil and Argentina. In addition. Pakistan’s net oil imports are projected to rise substantially in coming years as demand growth outpaces increases in production. Thermal plants using oil. with demand and imports growing rapidly. . due to poor quality infrastructure and a significant amount of power theft. Pakistan and Bangladesh are the next largest South Asian countries in these categories. compared with projected annual growth rates of 1. Pakistan had 26.5 percent. with hydroelectricity (hydro) making up 28 percent and nuclear 2. largely due to foreign investment. natural gas. The things are.0 percent for coal consumption. Pakistan often faces load shedding in peak seasons.83 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proven natural gas reserves. natural gas supplies 49 percent of Pakistan’s energy needs. Pakistan is looking to increase its gas production to support increasing consumption through Pipelines from Iran and Turkmenistan. ultimately leading to a partial alleviation of the power shortages. Pakistan has 18 gigawatts (GW) of electric generating capacity. Pakistan's total power generating capacity has increased rapidly in recent years. Periodic droughts affect the availability of hydropower.
seemingly getting out of its hand due to the yawning gap between supply and demand of electricity. But. While Iran and Pakistan have made agreements to move forward. Aside from power plants generated by coal. project structure. Washington supports the TAP project and has assured the pipeline’s security through Afghanistan. In spite of US pressure for not building IPI pipeline. For instance. has recently shown interest in the $7. Pakistan will be entitled to transit fee. However. India still remains reluctant due to its recent nuclear deal with USA.362 million tons. its feasibility. Islamabad will build the pipeline from the Iranian border to its Central Pakistani city of Bhong in District Rahaim Yar Khan. Islamabad’s negotiation for a second transnational gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan (TAP) also entered a final stage because experts are of the view that Pakistan's fast growing energy demand requires laying two gas pipelines. Pakistan remains determined for the pipeline. Iran will lay the pipeline from Pars to Pakistani border. if Pakistan builds the pipeline from the Iranian to the Indian border. The Pakistani Ministry of Industries and Production has granted a Chinese company to build two coal-fired power-generation plants to supply 600 MW of electricity. It also holds good prospects for other South Asian users. Pakistan’s government is working on plans to build an Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) pipeline that spans from Iran’s massive reserves to Indian markets across Pakistani territory. The plans to build a third transnational gas pipeline from Qatar to Pakistan and India—Gulf-South Asia Pipeline (GUSA)-—seem to have slowed down because of . now two pipelines from Iran are under "active consideration" — one for Pakistan and the other for India.6 IPRI Factfile however. Iran has offered to cover 60 percent of the construction costs of the pipeline and Pakistani officials have stressed their ability to safeguard the pipeline.4 billion pipeline project and has indicated its desire to invest in it. In fact. If India participates in IPI project. President Musharraf has stated that coal should make up more than the current 1 percent of electric power generation in Pakistan. sixth largest in the world. Pakistan is also working to expand the use of wind turbines. Coal currently plays a minor role in Pakistan’s energy mix. Both countries have discussed the gas pricing formula. Gazprom. Pakistan contains an estimated 3. a 400-MW wind project near Port Qasim. This is the great vision of President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz according to which Pakistan is going to become an energy corridor for China. then it will also be entitled to transportation charges. Russia’s biggest gas producer. gas off-take volumes and the gas sales and purchase agreement. through Pakistan. the Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) recently approved New Park Energy Phase I. Energy cooperation is the key to regional development. depending on the size of supplies that Turkmenistan can arrange. in the face of the US pressure against IPI.
give rise to generation of increasing quantities of wastes and it’s now becoming another threat to our already degraded environment. Pakistan Observer. In this perspective president has rightly remarked so. Pakistan is building oil refineries. The rebuilding of KKH will enable China to ship its energy supplies from the Middle East from Gwader Port in Balochistan through the land route of KKH to western China. 20 May 2006 W ASTE TO E NERGY IS N EEDED IN P AKISTAN Growing urbanisation and changes in the pattern of life. policy and strategy vacuum and lack therefore the ability to address this looming environmental disaster. “When Karakoram Highway was built. KKH has assumed an added significance as an alternative land link between China and its energy sources. the world called it the eighth wonder. With this planned elaborate energy infrastructure. waste-to-energy technologies have been developed to produce clean energy through the combustion of municipal solid waste in specially designed power plants equipped with the most modern pollution control equipment to clean emissions. Yet. China has agreed to help Pakistan with its plans for the development of its oil and gas industry. However. shelved. and transit facilities in Balochistan. however. In developing countries like Pakistan. and we can create the ninth and tenth wonders by establishing energy pipelines and railway linkages between the two fast growing economies. Muhammad Munir. operate in the enormous information. institutions charged with the responsibility to make decisions on solid waste management. "The plan to import gas from Qatar is not. This alternative energy supply route will reduce Beijing’s dependence on the Malacca Straits. With the development of Gawadar Port. Pakistan can provide the trade and energy corridor for the whole region especially to China." maintained by Jahangir Khan. solid waste management practices differ for developed and developing nations. natural gas terminals. oil and gas equipment. in recent years. which is its development hub. Pakistan also wants to set up a “crude transit route” through Gwader Port for Beijing’s energy shipments from Iran and Africa.” China and Pakistan agreed to widen KKH for larger vehicles with heavier freight.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 7 the gas availability issues. spokesman for Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources. The recent Pak-China energy forum in Islamabad was a major step in formulating future strategy to ensure energy security of both countries. The perfect ‘case study’ of information gap in selection of appropriate methodology to dispose municipal waste exhibited by the apex civic authority of Pakistan is when the capital development authority has finally decided to solve the ever-increasing volume of municipal waste by landfill in groundwater . For this reason. of which Iran is at the top.
which rejects that Kuri is recorded as an ancient city of the Potowar Region. showed ignorance of the above reports and absolute ignorance of the adverse environmental impacts this project would create. While in developed countries. Extensively focusing on turning waste to energy. Although these ‘made in India’ power plants are generating electricity by direct incineration. As CDA is constantly focusing on developing tourist attractions. Recent floods substantiated the finding of all the reports. the site was rejected. as the site is definitely within the flood plains of the Gumrah River and would need to be protected on a priority basis.767 in 2002. while the wind will carry . the same site was considered for a landfill project but UNDP out rightly rejected and warned that environmental cost would be considerable. Though.000 in 1988 to 1. 2500 MW are solely generated by the waste-toenergy plants. Many other countries in the world. besides air pollution. Is this ignorance simply unawareness of the planners or is it complete apathy towards anything old. polluting the amazingly still clean groundwater table. known as the nucleus of Islamabad. Based on these serious environmental constraints. an ancient city of Potwar and its aerial distance is hardly five kilometres from sector G-5. India installed three projects to produce electricity from waste with a total capacity of 17.6 MW. in July 2003. This is the very reason why in the United States sanitary landfill techniques have steadily decreased from 8.8 IPRI Factfile recharge area. as its location is up a slope and within the flood plain of Gumrah River. but questions the professional capabilities of the planners within its corridors. Whoever selected and approved the site for the ‘disaster of the future’. The site selected for the landfill project is at Kuri. causing pollution and must be upgraded by sophisticated monitoring systems to check pollution. municipal authorities in USA have realised the contribution of waste to an increasing electricity shortage. In the sub continent. JICA in 1988 also compiled a detail investigation report. have applied this technology since the last 20 years. Today in America. Japan included. These examples are enough to establish that CDA’s ignorance of modern technologies is surely not simply a lack of ‘access to information’. which established that the area is the recharge zone of the aquifer catering for more than 50 per cent of the twin cities’ drinking demand. especially as water shortages is now a permanent problem of the twin cities. Sweden. contamination of groundwater if Kuri was selected as a landfill project. the recharge-basin of the twin cities aquifer. why not preserve this historical area? Aware of the unprofessional management at CDA’s varied directorates one anticipates leachates from the landfills. landfills are now bracketed as ‘obsolete’ and ‘mines of the future’ after observing several problems like pollution and contamination of groundwater by leachate and residual soil contamination after landfill closure and simple nuisance problems.
adding some extra megawatts through waste-toenergy could have solved many ills in the rapidly growing energy needs. the ministry of interior responsible for CDA affairs and the CDA itself. established by the federal government in 2003. farther adding to the prevalent health hazards of the capital. Arshad H Abbasi. Although advertisements in the printed media asked for feasibility studies of ‘waste-toenergy’ units for ten cities of the country. Islamabad today would have been a model for the rest of Pakistan. Kuri is within a highly sensitive earthquake zone.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 9 waves of leaking gases towards the G-5 Sector. would have sufficed for setting up an ‘energy-to-waste’ plant in the city. known to recharge the groundwater along its winding course through Chak Shehzad and Kanna shows the warped priorities of the planning commission that approves projects. Islamabad could have prided itself of being the first ever waste-to-energy unit in the country today. the funds available to the CDA for the ill-fated sanitary landfill. A vacuum of information has not allowed the CDA to communicate either with the alternate energy development board.info/waste-to-energy-pakistan . and the technical know-how of alternate energy development board (AEDB). This board was given the mandate to solve the energy crisis that is facing this country through renewable technologies. according to new seismic zoning maps prepared after the earthquake 2005. Had the spread of this infectious disease the ‘vacuum of information’ been contained in time. Had mutual interactions been part of the government systems. With load-shedding a permanent crisis in Pakistan.alternative-energy-news. November 9. The decision to construct a landfill project at extremely sensitive areas need not only to be reviewed but also need to empower the AEDB to generate electricity from waste to cope with the energy demand in the lines of international environmental commitments avoiding violation of the Kyoto Protocol and Stockholm Convention.2 was recorded on July 7. the twin cities were ignored. 2006 http://www. ‘Access to clean water’ has been given the ‘top priority’ flag by the president. Selecting a site along the Gumrah River. The CDA ignored the most recent seismic zoning report of the region too. 1989 and its epicentre was at a distance of 10 kilometres from Kuri. An earthquake having a magnitude of 4. duly adopted by Pakistan’s EPA. CDA would surely have been able to diagnose that the estimated cost of two billion rupees for the landfill site. to dump waste for adding more pollution and contamination of groundwater or to allow production of environment friendly energy. there should be no significant seismic risk within identified landfill sites. Had CDA only followed the minutest details provided in the Federal Capital Commission Reports of 1960 by the earlier planners of the capital city. Now decision-makers have to choose whether to allow the CDA to go ahead with the landfill project. According to EPA US regulations.
fission. gasoline. Mechanical for example moving piston in a cylinder 4. coal. Kinetic energy 2. until liquid fuels were discovered and because of their convenience of transportation they took over as major contributors of the energy source. Wood was always used for heating and cooking.10 IPRI Factfile T YPES Energy can be differentiated as 1. Once the steam engines were invented then the coal or liquid fuel was burnt in the boilers and the heat produces steam which is used to drive electrical generators. x-rays . With all known history available. oil natural gas. ultra violet rays Potential energy 1. Heat.htm T HERMAL E NERGY Thermal Energy is the oldest type of energy.energy. Nuclear . batteries. fusion. microwaves. Hydro power. Another method of converting thermal energy to mechanical energy is by the gas turbines. In 2nd world war fossil fuels entered in the form of coal to get the energy. steam 6. Potential energy OF E NERGY Kinetic Energy 1. Spring .com. stretched rubber band 3. wood 2007 http://www. Chemical . Wind 3. gun powder.pk/energytypes. Electrical energy. They can be single acting or double acting. Gravitational energy. Diesel engines can be 2 stroke or 4 stroke type. hot water. Thermal Energy. Turbines are also used to run by steam or hot gases which are produced by igniting fuel. ball above ground 2. Magnetic planetary poles 4. Electricity. lightning 5. . Sound 2. heavy water uranium 5. They can be in line or arranged in V or even W shape. Rudolph diesels invention of diesel engine revolutionaries the energy concept and today we see sine the majority of machines moving on diesel engines. Light . or any other mechanical device. solar.
0. Space available for the power plant 4. The gas gensets are available from less than 1 MW sizes to 6 MW configuration.07 Financing 0.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 11 For converting thermal energy to electrical energy alternators are used to drive on constant RPM. 0. Therefore for larger plants heat recovery systems are utilized. cooling systems and radiation. However low RPM engines will be more costly Unit cost of fuel on gas genset can be evaluated as follows Fuel Cost Rs 2. Detroit Diesel 8.0. The choice of gensets strictly depends on the requirement of the client. Price is paramount importance and hidden expenses should be looked carefully The major manufacturers and suppliers of Gensets based on internal combustion engines are given below 1. MAN 2. Avilability of genset 5. Rolls Royce Internal combustion engine can obtain 30-50% thermal efficiency.16 18 and 20 cylinder configuration. Type of fuel required 3. Caterpillar 4. before ordering a power plant following points to be considered 1.02 General stores Rs. Jen Bacher 5.20 Lubricating Oil Rs. Expected demand of the power. In addition some models are available on duel fuel technology which can be operated simultaneously on gas and furnace oil. Mitsubishi 7.01 Labor Rs.10 Overhead +Insurance Rs. The price of a 3 MW gas genset can be expected around 1 Million $. Normally they are V type and 12.10 Chemical R Rs. In Pakistan due to attractive gas prices this is a general trend that gas operated power plants are preferred if gas connections are available. 0.0. Avilability of local service back up and stock of parts 6. Wartsila 3. 2.20 .7 (depends upon the genset ) Maintenance Rs 0. It means that around 50% energy is wasted in the form of exhaust gases . Waukesha 6.
Dams 2. (225 grams / KWHR is an average net fuel consumption expected. In case of Dams the water flow is restricted by making a huge storage device and the head of water is increased. In run of river projects the water is diverted through the tunnels and once it gains the head allowed to fall and pass through the turbines and back to river. Run of River projects. 1. Power produced by the turbines depends on quantity of water flowing/minute and the head of water available. Once the water start flowing in the valleys it changes its head very rapidly. Detailed Mapping of the area 2. Temperatures. Seismic refraction study 4. Weather data containing. the water then is allowed to flow by means of gates and pass through the turbines. Mostly river flows by melting glaciers on high mountains. Topographic study of the area 3. Geographical situation is paramount importance in choosing a suitable site for the hydro project and it evolves a very serious time and money consuming study. River flow data 5. Environmental study 8. This energy can be converted into electrical energy. Two method are normally used:1. 3. and the water stored in peak season additionally is used for irrigation purposes in dry seasons. Water sampling and testing 7. Social impact . the head of reservoir level is maintained to provide uniform power. Once a site is located further detailed feasibility study is required before proceeding any serious effort to start the work. rain humidity 6.pk/THERMAL_%20ENERGY. Once they are used to drive the turbine and produce electricity the power generated as Hydel Energy.) 2007 http://www. pressures.40 The engines which are running the fuel cost is only variable and can be calculated by multiplying fuel cost by a factor of 225. the water in these projects is continuously flowing and not being stored.energy. The feasibility study should include following field work.htm H YDEL E NERGY Water flowing in the rivers has kinetic energy.12 IPRI Factfile Total Rs.com.
To overcome this shortage Government take a initiative to investigate Alternate energy resources in Pakistan developed Alternate Energy Board AEDB. with 7% increase of its economy this short fall soon to slow down its economic growth and will shatter its dream to become one day a developed country. Although Pakistan meteorological Department was gathering wind data for quite long time But recently United States provided wind energy map for Pakistan which confirms a strong wind corridor in Sind coastal area. The following is a brief road map for developing a wind form 1. issuance of letter of intent ( LOI ) 5. identified 50.pk/hydel. The gas reserves already start depleting and oil markets are sky rocketing. Most of its energy demand is being met with either Hydro power or thermal units.000 MW energy potential from wind resource Pakistan is blessed with a large resource of wind corridor. 10. Out of which 15 are already issued the land and feasibility reports and financial closings are in progress. 11. Posting of Bank Guarantee 4. submission of proposal by sponsor 2. Issuance of Letter of support .Energy Crisis in Pakistan 13 9. Tariff determination by NEPRA 10.htm W IND E NERGY Pakistan is facing acute shortage of energy. Submission of performance guarantee 11. The Board is headed by Retd Air Marshal Shahid Hamid.com.energy. AEDB issued about 80 LOI to the investors List of LOI holders )to develop 50 MW wind farms. Review of proposal by AEDB 3. Feasibility study 6. 13. 12. Tariff Determination 8. Pakistan is spending a very large amount of foreign exchange to purchase the furnace. Generation License 7. Submission of Performance Guarantee 9. Wild life and fish study Identification of stake holders of the area Coring and getting samples of the soil at 50-200 meters depth Laboratory testing of the cores samples Tectonic study to evaluate earth quake dangers 2007 http://www.
14 IPRI Factfile The first requirement of conducting feasibility study is to install a wind mast.9%) GE Wind. This document explains the method for installing weather station. 1. Germany (3.1%) Siemens.environdata.1%) Nordex. The three major manufacturers of wind data are listed below. www.Germany (13.7%) Enercon. Denmark (5.0%) WIND ENERGY BASICS Power developed by a wind turbine can be mathematically shown in following formulae 1/2xdensity of air x effective area of rotor blade x cube of speed of wind .au Geological. 5. Spain (2. US (17.com 2.de 3.ammonit. A confirm EPC cost will also be needed for calculation of tariffs.9%) Suzlon. 8.com. www. tectonic and environmental studies will be required along with Digital mapping and topography of the site for preparing a bankable feasibility study. 9. 3. 7.2%) Gamesa. 1 Denmark (27. seismic. 4. Spain (12.5%) Repower. 2. Germany (2. 6. www. Japan (2. India (6. Some large manufacturers of wind turbines are given below 1.6%) Ecotecnia.1%) Mitsubishi.wilmers.
htm R ISING O IL P RICES All predictions now failing and the oil prices are rising and now about to reach 100 $ level. The following issues should be discussed detail 1. OPEC promised to raise its out put but with out any . who knows that in market trading if even the customers are buying the oil on +100 $.energy. flickering 2007 http://www.com.pk/Wind%20Energy. The future prospects also not very encouraging. All trading is being made on +90 $. Environmental Protection agency require a detailed environmental impact study of the project. Noise impact 3. the reason being given for this enormous rise is the US oil reserves are depleting and therefore customers are ready to purchase the oil at any price available.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 15 The lay out and designing of the wind form can be done by wind energy planning and project software available in market in a reasonable price . One such software is Wind Pro which is a very convenient tool for project management. Birds collision or alteration of their migration routes 2.
Pakistan exports and its all economic activities are dependent of uninterrupted energy supplies for its energy requirement maximum share still of furnace which is imported from Middle East countries. If the condition continues like this who is going to be benefited. But he has no other option. Some sources are predicting the attack on Iran is imminent.16 IPRI Factfile significant effect. The election is just three months away and the results expected are the change of government to Pakistan Peoples Party.High income group will survive and it will not effect on their livings. further increase in oil prices will definitely bring more strain on existing working units. Rising prices will bring a wave of inflation. . In recent months oil surged from 70$ to 92$ and still rising. How far the Government continues to absorb the fuel bills eventually it has to increase the prices. how can survive and how can they meet their production commitments. The winter is just arriving and nobody knows that these prices will settle at what level. Pakistan's future as economic leader in the region is at stake if sustainable cheap energy resources are not developed on priority. Now we have to look for the future and sustainable economic activity. Pakistan economy is already under intense pressure. It will lead to rise of inflation shutting down in efficient industries and rising un employment in third world countries. Rising tension between US and Iran is one reason. Another end it has continuous problem on its western borders draining its resources and causing political chaos. Development of Renewable energy resources are not moving ahead beyond symposiums and conferences or in other crude words lip services. But the strains coming on poor in third world countries will transform to social unrest and hence will cause instability in the region. When come to individual the poor will suffer most . Already many textile mills closed down due to higher production costs which make it un economical. In election environments it will be definitely a difficult decision for Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to authorize the fuel prices in Pakistan. for the time being the prices were dipped but risen again on much higher values. And again who will suffer simply the poor Today only there are news that Pakistan is going ahead 2000 MW power plant based on furnace oil. On one hand it has the competitors like China and India giving cut throat fight. Their economy is dependent on energy resources. Emerging economies and developing will suffer most. Those industries which consumes more energy will suffer with maximum.
com.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 17 So the solution is not so simple. One area which we want to emphasize is the conservation of energy.pk/risingoilprices. This is time that Pakistan should explore all its available resources.energy. This is a challenging task. But so far little efforts are being made to explore and use the coal reserves in Sind. The gas project which was initiated by Iran India and Pakistan was having many constraints and was continuously under pressure from US. This is claimed that coal quality is inferior and having low BTU. Energy efficient plants and machines are the recipe for our survival. Therefore all possible measures should be adopted to utilize existing resources. 2007 http://www. We have to persuade all concerned that all possible measures to be taken to save energy so it can be used for future. The major issue which is now resolved is the gas price which is now related to petroleum prices as per the international practice. Finally Iran and Pakistan decided to continue with the project and when ever India decides it can be accommodated in the project extension. We see a limited progress in alternate energy sector.com. 2007 http://www.htm P AKISTAN C OAL R ESERVES S HOULD BE E XPLORED The energy shortage is increasing day by day and the resources of Pakistan are limited and this year we are witnessing increasing of imported fuel bill. Renewable yes. Today technology and boilers are available that can burn any kind of coal. The hurdles should be identified and removed on priority. . India was asking more time to make the decision and therefore the project was delayed. The smaller size power plants near the coal mines which can get direct feed and connect to National Grid will be an ideal configuration. For all practical purposes the gas purchased will be based on BTU values as agreed by both partners.pk/news%20and%20views.htm P AKISTAN I RAN A GREE ON G AS P IPE L INE P ROJECT This week very good news coming in energy sector that Iran and Pakistan finally agreed to go ahead with the project.energy. For Pakistan it means that the gas will be on higher price than the domestic supply which is subsidized for common house hold users.
This is expected that the average price when fixed for local consumers will take care for common users as well as industrial users Iran wants quick decision for Gas Pipe Iran asking India to make the decision of joining Gas Pipe Line project soonest. with furnace reaching 100$ Large Hydel projects having social concerns . 2007 http://www.com. However this project is vitally important and profitable for Indian sustainable economic growth. Energy sector was given prime consideration and the development of nuclear power projects approved. otherwise the project will be started with Pakistan. Last week we saw a series of disasters in energy sector. Actual figure is slightly controversial as we have seen various statements emerging from various sectors. Therefore a positive outcome is expected soon.pk/ecnec. Pakistan facing acute shortage of energy and this is a wise decision to focus on nuclear energy which is renewable.wind turbines not available in market.18 IPRI Factfile The gas is prime energy source for domestic usage as well as fertilizers and power generation companies. The meeting was the last on the chairman ship of Prime Minister Mr.htm E NERGY C RISIS IN P AKISTAN .energy. And the residential areas were with out power . Production units were shut.5 Billion Rs. But we never thought that the situation will reach to such disastrous condition so soon.energy.htm ECNEC A PPROVES E NERGY P ROJECTS The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council ECNEC approved 23 projects worth 116. Pakistan electrical energy production sustain shortfall of 3000 MW.pk/pakiran. There was severe load shedding throughout the country. 2007 http://www.I We have written many blogs on this subject. Shaukat Aziz whose term is expiring in three weeks. Reluctance of India to make a firm decision is understandable due to GeoPolitical Scenario. APTMA was forced to accept volunteer load shedding of 5 hours each day on all units.com. cheap and environment free. and gas reserves depleting nuclear becomes most attractive option.
The situation demand an urgent decision. The money wasted there if utilized then at least we can add few hundred MW of Power. Now it is officially declared that in last 10 years not a singles MW was added. And even the magnitude is such that it will not be able to fulfill the demand of today. The objective should be utilization of diversified energy resources. Although the response is favorable but the out come is very slow. violence in Sind and maintenance activity in some independent power producers. A decision which is vital for the safety. Its demand is increasing and production is declining due to aging of the plants. Moreover the construction of the dam will take at least 10 years and if the situation persist our economy will then come to a stage where it will need any power any more. Therefore captive units were shut off due to non avilability of the gas. And the investment has to be in direct purchase of power plants. If our production units keep on shutting then un employment will rise and hence street violence will rise. We have seen hundreds of seminars. The projects which are in pipe line will not come in line before 2009. And no solution is in sight. It is imperative that renewable energy resources should be explored but still conventional thermal and coal fired power plants should be established. manufacturing main and auxiliary units. And then naturally the blame game started. The situation was worsened because Sui Gas Company already stopped the supply of industrial units and was going through a system of load shedding it self. stability and survival of Pakistan. The fact is that Pakistan is sustaining an acute shortage of Power. Now Government has to make a huge investment in energy sector. starting from the water shortage in Dams to furnace oil transportation problem. . The issue is very controversial subject and it is not expected to resolve soon. The IPP who were operating on furnace could not get the regular supply of furnace and they did not bother to keep enough stock for contingency therefore stop shutting.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 19 maximum time of the day. Recently Government is advocating a policy of promoting the investment in Private Sector. In our opinion instead of many agencies one central ministry should look after the energy issues in Pakistan. This is the time to restructure our energy policy. This is utmost important that an environment should be created where the investments are made in energy sector. WAPDA is in favor of large dams and thinks that the delay of construction of large dams was the basic reason for the shortage of power. Energy is a key factor for the stability and prosperity of Pakistan. conferences and events on energy issues in Pakistan.
F. For example furnace oil plants are best suited in Karachi where the port and refinery facilities are available. But if it fails its target then all other indicators will go negative leaving behind a disastrous situation. From US and Europe we should borrow and purchase the technology to manufacture various power plants in Pakistan. Pakistan should look for nuclear energy possibilities. Sind must use its Coal reserves. Energy conservation is indeed energy production. small and micro size hydro projects. A dedicated campaign of energy conservation is needed to spread the awareness of energy conservation programs. This is the responsibility of Government to start various energy conservation programs suited for various industries.htm .F.pk/energy%20disastor. For the furnace IPP and captive power plants should be allowed to import furnace oil duty free. N.W. 2007 http://www. Pakistan is one of seven countries in the world who has an indigenous capability to operate the nuclear power plant for last forty years. This is also believed that in general major energy consumers have little or no awareness of energy saving procedures. Then existing laid up power plants will again become operational. wind or solar power plants in Pakistan sufficient to provide energy to one home we can sell to individual families direct at low installments. This is a very challenging and difficult task.P near to existing gas fields. Wind turbines to be installed in coastal belt.energy.P should explore medium. Sind and N. For example if we start building 1-3 KW micro hydro.20 IPRI Factfile The strategy should be to explore indigenous local resources.com. So if an investment is made in this sector then it will pay back in 3-5 years. The machinery when purchased a very little emphasis is given on electrical or mechanical efficiency of the plant. Pakistan is in need of energy very badly and urgently. All efforts to be made that Iran Pakistan gas pipeline project is implemented soonest. Gas plants to be installed in Baluchistan.000 MW in two years. Pakistan should look all alternatives to increase its electrical energy production by 10. The result is that our production units are consuming much more energy than their competitors resulting their product cost high and it is not competitive in international market. and Punjab must explore bio-gas and city waste plants. Moreover one additional pipe line for crude oil to be installed to reduce our dependence on sea route.W. The cost will be recovered in utility bills compensation.
An increase of energy cost will effect their production cost and will force the manufacturers that either to reduce the labor cost or to remain competitive in market by improving the quality standards. However the weather is not so kind on this area and hurricanes and tornadoes commonly hit the southern part of USA and Caribbean. However with the drop of oil prices such alternatives were uneconomical and therefore shelved. and the most vital question now is what will happen if the prices rises to 75 $ or even one hundred $/barrel. Indonesia. Demands of energy from the emerging markets like China and India are growing day by day.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 21 E NERGY C RISIS IN P AKISTAN . surrounded by major emerging economies like China.II A very common question asked in Pakistan is about the most burning issue in Pakistan? The answer you will get may be a list of hundreds of issues which start from Kashmir and will end on terrorism or militancy etc etc. . Oil today is being traded around 65 $/. Major giants China and India will benefit with this condition and smaller economies will suffer badly. Such is the volatility of fuel market now that just news of one hurricane developing in Caribbean shoots the oil prices in the world. Mansha in an interview in CNN replied same question by giving a simple answer that water and energy are two most valid problems in Pakistan. The findings are available even in college books. Energy is a most problematic issue in the world. The prosperity of Houston is only due to oil industry being flourished. As a rule of thumb modern day manufacturing industries utilize at least 33% production cost in terms of energy prices. Politically the Iran situation is deteriorating day by day where as Iraq condition is not stabilizing. Pakistan with small manufacturing market. India. Whereas oil prices are steadily rising and no stability is seen in near future. Are our policy makers in Islamabad thinking for the gravity of problem which is now just standing on our door step? On famous oil embargo days a lot of research in Europe was carried out to find the alternate source of energy. Philippines and Bangladesh will be worst effected with the rise of energy prices. Pakistan with official figurers of growth rate of 8% will have a definite rise in demand of energy for minimum 3% In USA the Gulf of Mexico is famous for oil producing and refining facilities. Malaysia. A few years before oil was being traded on 20$ and no body ever thought that the weather conditions in the gulf can effect the oil market. Recently Mr.
is likely to hit 3000 MW next year and to increase to about 5300 MW by 2010. Of course the energy conservation programs cost money.pk/energycrisis. it said.If we make serious study on this subject then we may achieve up to 20% saving in energy .energy.22 IPRI Factfile This is the time that Pakistan now asses very carefully that in case of oil prices rising to 75 $ what actions it should take to conserve energy and to find the alternate source of energy. said the report. reducing their output power. Only the countries which are prepared for the worst will have a prosperous future.hence saving in our production cost and making our products more attractive in international market. and natural gas.com. and oil shortages were all posing risks to the economic growth in medium to long term period. 2007 http://www. However the investment will be rewarding and will be beneficial in long terms. estimated to be 1000 to 2000 MW during the current year. A liberal and progressive policy with less bureaucratic approach towards energy producing units will help and bring attractive investment in Power sector. This will seriously affect our competitiveness in the international market. The power shortage. This investment can only be made by the federal government. This is the time of survival. Pakistan’s thermal units are day by day become aging. This is the responsibility of government to look for the alternate options for finding the energy resources. power. A government official told DAWN that the energy shortage was severe and widespread in almost all areas. the leading Pakistani newspaper DAWN reported Monday. With the rise of demand very soon we will see an acute shortage of energy and hence load shedding and shutting of the industrial units. A volunteer option for all energy users is to conserve energy. The overall energy requirement of Pakistan is expected to be about 80 million tons of oil equivalents (MTOE) in 2010.htm P AKISTAN ' S E NERGY C RISIS TO W ORSEN Y EARS IN N EXT T WO The Pakistani government is anticipating the energy crisis to worsen in the coming two years due to a 50% increase in the demand and a rather slow improvement in the supply. . up by about 50% from the 54 MTOE of the current year. To make the plants more efficient and to see that each drop of petrol is saved .
said the report. progress in commissioning of new power plants has been slow. while concentration on energy facilities in Gwadar would chiefly depend on security situation. . This will make project financing more difficult since a private enterprise is more likely to default on its fuel-supply obligation over the 25year life of a power project than a state-owned corporation. are uncertain at present. Up till now. which makes up about 50% of Pakistan's energy consumption. DAWN reported. namely the three import pipeline projects. This could potentially result in further delays in implementing thermal power projects. In the four years since the revised policy was implemented. the Gwadar port as energy hub and the LNG import to meet these energy requirements.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 23 Another official.com/news/pakistan-energy-crisis W IND P OWER : A S OLUTION TO E NERGY C RISIS TO encourage private investment in power sector. the government-guaranteed fuel-supply contracts might not be available for new projects. But four of these measures. quoted by the report. there was a limit to constructing costly thermal power projects given their high economic costs. as an official energy demand forecast indicates that the demand for natural gas. January 9. including three gas import pipelines. said that the development of water resources would resolve the problem in the long run but in the short term. Xinhua English Newswire. these contracts were entered into with state-owned energy companies such as PSO and OGDC. would increase by 44% to 39 MTOE from 27 MTOE currently. However. 2007 http://tdworld. only one 225 MW gas-fired power plant has achieved financial close. A major shortfall is expected in natural gas supplies. The extended time lag is not entirely unusual as power projects based on natural gas and furnace-oil involve prolonged negotiations to secure contracts guaranteeing uninterrupted supply of fuel over the life of the project. the government formulated power generation policy (2002). The government had planned five major initiatives. As these corporations are to be privatised. besides oil and gas import pipelines.
In fact.24 IPRI Factfile As Pakistan’s energy needs are immediate . Here again. Second. India offers a good example of a country that has embraced wind energy and has added substantial electricity generation capacity within a short period of time! It’s cumulative wind power generation capacity is 6. thermal and large hydroelectric plants may not be the solution because such projects may take between 4-12 years to become operational.500MW was installed in last five years! If Pakistan can realise half the growth that India has achieved. the best option is exploiting wind energy because wind power projects can start generating electricity within two years. wind energy can go a long way in meeting our acute energy shortage.018MW. Pakistan’s current account deficit for FY2006 was recorded at $5. Externalities are implied costs which are not reflected in the price of a service. The exclusion of negative externalities understates the true cost of thermal power generation and makes it appear cheaper than it is. it can add 2. in event of war or terrorism. wind power provides a secure and independent source of externality-free energy.000MW in 2006. much more than possible by pursuing thermal power projects. a power plant running on natural gas will divert its limited supply from domestic consumption as well as vital industrial use.7 billion. USA alone is installing 4.500MW per annum and China plans to install 20.250MW to its electricity supply in the next five years. For example. It has also the following additional benefits. thermal electricity production ignores certain “negative externalities”.6 per cent surge in oil-imports.000MW by the year 2020. of which 4. This is why wind energy is the fastest-growing source of power in the world and its globally-installed capacity has risen from 20. This extra cost of security is also a negative externality of thermal power plants. The economic loss resulting from deficiency of natural gas due to excessive reliance on gas-fired power generation is a negative externality. An example being the recent shut-down of 11 cement and two fertilizer plants due to gas-supply shortage. Any strategy to cut current account deficit has to deal with cutting oil imports and this can be achieved by reducing reliance on power-generation from furnace oil. Similarly.000MW in 2001 to 70. The large increase in the current account deficit is mainly due to a 66. a large portion of it is due to increased demand from oil-fired power plants. In order to meet the energy requirements. supply routes of oil-tankers/ gas-pipelines will require extensive military protection. The deficit is likely to worsen next year when it is expected to exceed $8 billion. First. wind energy offers an effective alternative to oilfired power plants which will help reduce the current account deficit. . The total supply of natural gas is fixed and so its usage for power generation could result in a shortfall in other sectors of the economy. Compared to thermal power generation.
The experience of other countries is that once the first project is executed. It is important that the government continues to provide incentives to private investors in the form of an attractive tariff. however. any sustained increase in oil prices will feed into the tariff calculation and result in higher cost of electricity.htm . As the tariff regime compensates the IPPs for the cost of fuel. Under the renewable energy policy. This support is essential for the development phase of wind power sector and to realise its potential. Though wind power requires greater investment per mega-watt produced. In addition to all these benefits. but serves our security interest as well! Malik Ahmad Jalal. CERs are already trading on European commodities exchanges and a global trading mechanism is being developed. thermal power tariff is vulnerable to spikes in oil prices similar to the one in early 2006 when the crude-oil prices jumped to $78. The “wind corridor” in the coastal area of Sindh alone has the capacity to generate 50. wind power plants will be able to claim carbon-credits (certified emission reductions or CERs) for producing clean energy. Exploiting wind energy makes economic sense since wind is free and it will make cost of electricity generation less vulnerable to temporary or permanent increases in oil prices. unlike thermal power generation wind power avoids negative externalities such as additional cost of protecting fuel supply routes..dawn.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 25 Third. an investment bank (Morgan Stanley) invested more than $3 billion in CERs. Exploiting wind power offers the best route for attaining sufficiency in electricity production and reducing reliance on gas and imported furnace oil. Recently. This will have the effect of reducing the net-cost of wind power since revenues generated from sale of government-owned CERs will off-set a portion of the tariff paid to the IPP. CER prices are expected to rise as they continue to attract interest. Exploiting wind resources is not only in our economic interest. Wind energy will help reduce the country’s oil-import bill and the cost of power generation less vulnerable to fluctuations in oil prices. Therefore. Lastly. progress towards first wind power plant has been handicapped by a severe shortage in supply of wind turbines. January 29.000MW and AEDB has put in place a `renewable energy policy that is one of the most comprehensive and investor-friendly in the world. This should be the case with Pakistan as well. Dawn. the CERs will be shared between the IPP and the government. windfall from sale of carbon credits will make wind power an economically attractive proposition for meeting our electricity demand at an accelerated pace. Pakistan has a huge potential to develop wind power. However.com/2007/01/29/ebr13. subsequent additions to capacity take place at an accelerated pace. 2007 http://www.
the Marubeni Company was also to invest in the project and to this effect it had arranged a loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).” the official said. Confirming the shocking development. and this a very shocking decision.000 megawatt and this crisis will persist in the years to come as the Chichuki Maliyan power project will get delayed. The price of the project has also increased by Rs 100 million because of the delay. Wapda was to complete the thermal plant at Chichuki Maliyan with 340 megawatt production in August 2008 and another 160 megawatt by Dec 2008. . Wapda conducted the international competitive bidding (ICB) and received the lowest bid from the Japan-based Marubeni Company. the project would be inordinately delayed.” In the wake of the decision.6 billion. as the project has been withdrawn from Wapda in a strange development.” the official said. the Qatar Investment Authority has to come up with financial close within three months. “Under the MoU. However. Earlier the government had decided that the Chichuki Maliyan power project would be initiated in the public sector and Wapda had been assigned the task. and it was strong perception that this project would give a massive relief to the common man and wriggle the country out of load-shedding and power crisis.” he feared. sources in the BoI confided to The News that Saifur Rehman. a senior Wapda official from Lahore said that the top decision makers in the country have taken a U-turn and decided that the private sector would complete this project of paramount importance. The Board of Investment (BoI) has managed to bring the Qatar Investment Authority in the country and persuaded it to invest in this project. “The government has taken the new decision as the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) will initiate this project. “But under the new decision. a close aide to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The News has learnt. was a partner of the QIA and had 25 per cent equity in it. The official said that in the last two months the BoI has held about two meetings with QIA officials and Pakistan has inked an MoU with Qatar to this effect. “The earlier cost of the project was Rs 2. Under the agreement.26 IPRI Factfile E NERGY C RISIS M AY G O FROM B AD TO W ORSE The country may witness an aggravated energy crisis in the years to come as the proposed thermal power house at Chichuki Maliyan with a capacity to generate 500 megawatt electricity is in the doldrums. Right now power consumers are facing a massive power shortfall of about 2. Wapda had to stop all the spadework to initiate the project.
. We are of view that US should be persuaded to provide technical and financial assistance to manufacture Wind Turbine technology in Pakistan as well as boilers and turbines manufacturing facility which can burn low quality coal available from Sind Province.com. September 9. Self reliance in Energy requirements is a key element for sustainable economic growth of Pakistan. We suggest that small packaged turbines of 10-50 KW to be assembled or manufactured in Pakistan and these turbines distributed to Local residents on easy loans.energy. This addition of power will not affect the existing shortage of electricity. the project would be further delayed. he said that Wapda was about to start the project and the Japanese company had been short-listed and its terms and conditions were also evaluated. But a lager saving will be in the form of forest wood which is now used for heating and cooking. 2007 http://www. 2007 http://www.asp?Id=8465 A SIAN D EVELOPMENT B ANK C ONSIDERING 250 M ILLION $ L OAN FOR S MALL H YDRO P ROJECTS IN P AKISTAN Indeed a very positive development if the terms of this loan finalizes soon. and worsening the power crisis. he said that in case the QIA failed to come up with financial close within the stipulated time. escalating the project cost further. June 13. Pakistan is heading for acute shortage of energy and therefore all measures which can enhance the country's ability to produce clean energy will be welcomed by all quarters. all the activities have been stopped. Since the turbines will be providing electricity for small group of houses therefore transmission expanses will be cut. Khalid Mustafa.htm US A DVISE P AKISTAN T O P URCHASE E LECTRICITY F ROM C ENTRAL A SIA The recent story in Daily Dawn reconfirms US advice to Pakistan to purchase electricity from central Asia.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 27 Asked about the status of the project after the government decided to withdraw it from Wapda.pk/top_story_detail. The important question which should be looked is that how this loan will be distributed.com. But after the new decision. Because beneficiaries will be mostly those people who does not have an electrical connection. The News.thenews. Replying to a question.pk/news%20and%20views.
WAPDA. investors Updated 9th November 2007 . The investors should be offered up front tariff and can only appeal if their real cost is enhanced by some reason. SHYDO and many more. So far the surge in markets always pointed to OPEC which was blamed for throttling the production valves to regulate the market. PPIB. is the worst than expected. We were proved to be wrong. One reason is the change in life style which came with the increase of net income in Asian countries due to economic growth tempting them to spend on luxury transportation and electronic goods.pk/news%20and%20views. the world is again heading towards an energy crisis similar to 1970. There is Water and Power Ministry. Just last months there was not much anxiety all around the world. what it looks. On one hand it wants to catch the growth rate at par with the region and on other hand it has already been facing the acute shortage of energy. There is panic all over the world to explore renewable energy resources but due to high demand of machinery the delivery time is quite long. Oil and Gas Ministry. NEPRA. September 9. Now the situation is different. paper work has to be made simple. Pakistan is caught up between a crisis. But not us. AEDB.28 IPRI Factfile Pakistan should have a fair treatment to explore all possible energy resources including nuclear energy for its growing energy demand. Presently. OPEC is helpful more than ever to pump maximum oil it can deliver but the demand is growing steadily.htm E NERGY S TRATEGY Few weeks before when oil started rising we predicted that no need for panic and the oil will maintain a position between 70-76$/barrel.com. the major source is the rising economic growth of China and India as well as other emerging markets which need more fossil fuels to keep their industries running. For developers. 2007 http://www.energy. therefore. But. before the construction starts. To streamline the system. NTDC. There are many reasons for slow growth in energy sector. The future outlook. OGRA. But one simple reason is that many departments are responsible for energy management in Government. But now. Short term crisis were related to speculations of war and political disturbances in shipping lanes transporting the fuel. this is suggested that one unified energy Ministry has to be made responsible for all energy issues and different desks are made in one roof for developers and end users.
For this purpose. will be more attractive for end users and the furnace power plants will be shut down. October was a month to be remembered when world oil prices shot up at record level and at the end of the month it was staying at 94$ level. We learnt from reliable sources that Asrit-Kedam 209 MW power project is moving with record speed and the sponsors. Yunus Brothers. In fact. processed 19 Hydel power projects to produce 4900 MW energy. This is a revolutionary step taken by Pakistan Government to promote and encourage the investors in Hydel sector. Pakistan is blessed with high mountains covered by glaciers and the rivers flowing across the country. which is already deep in trouble.89 cents as an upfront tariff for Hydel projects. A little intelligent power house manager can start using diesel instead of furnace which is cleaner and easier to burn or even can mix the diesel with furnace lowering its viscosity and make it more comfortable to burn. so far. However. However a cabinet meeting in the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz overruled this decision and kept the prices same. This will encourage investors to come forward in Hydel sector. It was almost certain that OGRA will allow the price hike for petrol and diesel from 1st November. Now we request honorable Minister to further persuade all government agencies to facilitate that these projects can be commissioned earlier than scheduled time. furnace prices were raised all time high by Rs 4210 /ton for domestic market. The government should invest substantial amount for wind and solar energy and once the projects are matured then can privatise. this is the most logical and wise step adopted by the government for energy sector. PPIB. For those IPPs which run their plants on furnace. which were running as standby generators and were less efficient. The price now stands on 34000 Rs./ton. all red tapes are to be removed as far as possible. This price hike can be justified in the light of rising crude oil prices but for domestic market the fuel tariffs now are not so realistic. RSWI. this increase will be shifted to utility company which is purchasing the power and hence to WAPDA. the consultants. Updated on 3rd November 2007 ECC on Wednesday approved 5.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 29 have to go for lengthy processes. are highly committed to complete the project by 2011 instead of scheduled time 2014. Those diesel generators. . are confident that the project is very promising and can be completed ahead of schedule. The diesel and furnace prices are now standing at almost same level.
. This is itself promising news that in spite of political uncertainty honorable Minister finds an opportunity to address the energy sector. “Electricity demand at the generation level is forecast to grow at 7-8 per cent per year to about 20. He also told that government is allocated 140 billion Rupees for the development of power sector including Bhasha Dam.” a government official told Dawn quoting fresh World Bank estimates. The projects in pipeline will start commissioning from 2014.pk/strategy. Rising fuel prices making the production cost high.000MW of cheap electricity from Central Asian states. which greatly reduces the firm capacity available.500MW has become inadequate on account of the wide variations in the water availability. Long term increase of shortfall with increased energy demands. All planning of Hydro and alternate energy is for next five years. besides working on domestic sources to overcome electricity shortage owing to a 43 per cent expected increase in demand to 20.700MW by 2020. Minister for water and power.energy.000MW by fiscal year 2010 and 44. called a press conference and expressed his views. 2007 http://www.000MW by 2010. We have to look for all options of existing as well as alternate energy resources. November 9. He acknowledged the shortage of 1500 MW which will continue in next summer also. The World Bank estimates that Pakistan’s peak demand now exceeds 14. Mr. Current shortfall in production and availability of no standby power to meet any emergency. He told reporters that 13 memorandum of understandings have been signed to overcome the shortfall of 1500 MW power with foreign investors and an investment of 200 billion $ will be made in power sector. 3.30 IPRI Factfile Meantime power shortage in whole country remained forcing the utility companies for load shedding. Liaqut Jatoi. We have to discourage use of larger cars and should develop mass transit systems in mega cities to avoid use of one car/person.htm P AKISTAN U RGED TO I MPORT 4. As earlier been written our existing machines are less efficient.000MW and the present installed capacity of 19. So the biggest question now is what to do for the current situation. situation now is so critical that it needs a diversified approach. In our opinion.000MW FROM CAR S The World Bank has advised Pakistan to start working on import of 4. He also told that 100 MW electricity will be imported from Iran. The end users should be persuaded to replace with more efficient machines. Presently we have three different critical problems in energy sectors which all need immediate attention:1. 2.com.
the power shortage is expected to be little over 5. but major initiatives of meeting this gap are far from turning into reality. addition of new hydro and thermal power stations. Islamic Development Bank and USAID and private sector companies like AES Corporation of USA and RAO UES of Russia have already indicated to be part of the project once feasibility studies currently underway are completed. According to the government of Pakistan estimates.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 31 The country that had a comfortable supply position during the last several years has already started experiencing shortages during peak periods and “it is anticipated that if no new capacity is added.8 million tons. Talimardjan and Kambarata power stations in the CARs would range between 2. Rogun. The WB says that international financial institutions like Asian Development Bank. have two major advantages.26 cents to 3.75 cents per unit compared with existing average generation cost in Pakistan at 5. Pakistan should expedite importing 1. Partly contributed by gas shortfalls. firm power shortage would amount to 5. Pakistan is now entering into contracts with independent power producers (IPPs) for thermal power generation at a tariff as high as 14 cents per unit.” The World Bank understanding that besides improving supply efficiency. the country is most likely to face a major energy crisis in natural gas. Simultaneously. having about 50 per cent share in the country’s energy consumption. First. Second.000MW in the second phase. Pakistan’s total energy requirement would increase by about 48 per cent to 80 million tons of oil equivalent (MTOE) in 2010 from about 54 MTOE currently. oil demand would also increase by over 23 per cent to about 21 million tons in 2010 from the current demand of 16. a little lower than World Bank’s estimates of 5.500MW by fiscal year 2010. demand management. the cost of supply from Sangtuda. Major shortfall is expected in the natural gas supplies. This would leave a total deficit of about nine million tons of diesel and furnace oil imports. when the Central Asian power systems have large surpluses from their hydroelectric generation stations. These imports.000MW from Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic in the first phase and then increase such imports to 4.250MW by 2010. sources said. the World Bank believes. the sources said.6 cents per unit. According to official energy demand forecast the demand for natural gas. would increase by 44 per cent to 39 MTOE from 27 MTOE currently. . the attractive feature of the imports form CARs is that Pakistan’s peak demand occurs in summer. power and oil in the next three to four years that could choke the economic growth for many years to come.500MW.
None of these projects could achieve these deadlines.” said a senior official. but hopefully the situation would improve a crisis situation averted. all products are now in abundance but storage and movement (of oil products) is a serious dilemma. PSO sources also confirmed that force majeure notices had been communicated to all independent power producers as a protective measure because a default in supply contract attracts large financial penalties that could also be a problem for the government which guaranteed these agreements. The . According to World Bank estimates.000 and 3. the gas-based power expansion of about 4. Planning Commission sources said the government had planned to add an overall power generation capacity of about 7. about 4.880MW by 2010. quadrupling in 2025. Petroleum Ministry sources told Dawn that Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has sought federal government’s permission to invoke force majeure clauses of its fuel supply agreements (FSAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) because of its inability to meet fuel requirements because damage caused to railway tracks and fuel-carrying bogies was much more than originally believed. Force majeure clauses in FSAs and power purchase agreements allow suppliers to announce in advance that they would not meet contractual obligations because of natural calamities or conditions beyond their control. 2007 http://www. November 17.32 IPRI Factfile Since the gas shortfalls were expected to be much higher.com/2007/11/17/ebr4.6 MTOE in 2010 to 20. the indigenous gas supply would fall from 32. Dawn.7 MTOE in 2025 while the gas supplydemand gap would rapidly increase as demand is expected to grow continuously.dawn. Khaleeq Kiani. 2015 and 2020. “Availability is not a problem.000 megawatts is likely to worsen in a few days because of problems of transporting furnace oil and diesel through the railway system and other means. However. thus increasing pressure on foreign exchange situation. accounting for 61 per cent of capacity expansion. more so as international market continues to go up. Of this. These notices would enable IPPs to serve similar notices to power companies.860MW is to be based on natural gas.860MW would remain in doubt since these estimates were based on gas import options for completion in 2010. the country would need to enhance its dependence on imported oil.htm F UEL S HORTAGE M AY W ORSEN P OWER S ITUATION The electricity shortage that currently fluctuates between 1.
He said that public sector generation companies had enough fuel for about 20 days.dawn. the PSO sources said. adding the force majeure notices would avoid imposition of financial penalties. As a result. The shortfall in electricity generation did not emerge suddenly but was developing over the years as the development of cheap and indigenous energy sources was discouraged for lack of any vision.000 tons of fuel to power companies every fortnight through train but problems were also being faced in the pipeline system. The situation. they had reduced their refining capacity that could eventually lead to shortages of products in the market. the critical shortage of energy — an ingredient that fuels the economic growth — has the potential to choke economic growth. Khaleeq Kiani. The sources said that the PSO had written to the government that the railway authorities had informed them that they would not be in a position to repair the damaged infrastructure in less than 20 days.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 33 sources said that the PSO supplied more than 40. The problem was compounded by non-availability of tanker lorries. The sources. it appears. massive load-shedding and lowest ever strategic oil reserves are emerging as major risk to the economy.htm E NERGY C RISIS : S ERIOUS AND W ORSENING Serious energy shortage. hence it would not be possible for the PSO to meet its contractual obligations. The sources said prolonged disruption in the movement of fuel oil could also lead to shortage of other products because of 20-25 per cent reduction in capacity utilisation of refineries. said the secretary petroleum was working in coordination with the ministry of defence to make alternate arrangements.com/2008/01/01/top11. January 01. the storage capacity of refineries was filled to the brim. Munawar A. told Dawn that fuel shortage was a concern but not a crisis. Dawn. Baseer. Combined with multi-layered risks including current account deficit. including engaging the National Logistics Cell and even the private sector because of the limited capacity of NLC. however.7 cents per unit under the 1997 policy . managing director of Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) which looks after corporate generation and distribution companies formerly run by the Wapda. will not be any better in the days ahead given the political uncertainty and policy planning failure over the last few years. 2008 http://www. Sponsors of hydropower producers who were offered a tariff of 4. Since the uplift of fuel oil and diesel stocks and their transportation emerged as the real problem.
although none of these projects would be available to the economy in the next 6-12 months. The result would be more load shedding in the days ahead. either a natural calamity or war or any such event. the recent revelation of the country’s strategic oil reserves at a precarious level clearly exposed the government’s lack of vigilance and failure of energy companies to meet their contractual obligations. The economy is being run at almost 30 per cent energy shortage. The strategic oil reserves for defence had also been consumed to meet shortage and thus the country’s security has been exposed to great risks.500MW by 2010. nor the oil marketing companies including those in the public sector had maintained sufficient stocks as required under the law. The regime never tired of criticising political governments for signing costly energy contracts (at the average rate of 5. The entire episode led to disruption of fuel supply chain that included railway. The imperative of maintaining stocks for 21 days was highlighted by the blocking of communication routes during the violent protests following the tragic killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. In varying degrees. But it allowed signing of contracts for thermal power project at a much higher tariff of up to 15 cents per unit. pipeline and road transport. up by about 50 per cent from the current year’s 54 MTOE. it came to light that neither the independent power producers. the oil marketing firms and power generation companies . The export growth that is already stagnating would be hit if enough energy – gas and electricity – is not ensured to the industrial sector.34 IPRI Factfile were practically blocked from developing their plants at this tariff rate and offered a much lower rate of 3. is required under the standard operating procedures defined in the official Blue Book to ensure that it has oil stocks for at least 21 days of consumption to meet any eventuality. Non-compliance of such contractual obligations is subject to heavy penalties under the law. Likewise.39 cents per unit. Pakistan’s total energy need is expected to be around 80 million tons of oil equivalents (MTOE) in 2010. which could worsen if oil supplies continue to remain short or the current disruption of oil transportation prolongs.7 cents per unit). As a result. too. The government. Same happened with development of coal resources. The power shortage that had officially been estimated to remain in the range of 1000-2000MW during the current year has already touched 3600 MW.79 cents per unit was forced to quit when the authorities refused to offer a tariff of more than 5. And since at least four out of five . Under the fuel supply and power purchase agreements. no power project could be set up in the last eight years.whether in the public or in the private sector – are required to maintain a minimum of 21 days of their fuel requirements. Overall. Wapda estimates that the country could face a power shortage of about 5.3 cents per unit in 1999. A Chinese firm that had agreed to set up a 600MW project at Thar for 5.
Khaleeq Kiani.860MW was to be based on natural gas. the shortage estimate could be anybody’s guess. the country would need to enhance its dependence on imported oil. Even the closure of business after sunset and reduction in street lightening did not get the desired results. would show the world that Pakistan is a “progressive and dynamic .860MW would remain in doubt since these estimates are based on three gas import options for completion in 2010. 2015 and 2020. the gas-based power expansion of about 4. “Natural gas.500MW by 2010.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 35 major initiatives. the power shortage is expected to be little over 5. The government had planned to add an overall power generation capacity of about 7. it will take at least seven years to complete a pipeline project and it was not clear if construction of Iran to Pakistan pipeline project could be taken in hand in the near future. accounting for 61 per cent of the capacity expansion. originally planned for meeting this demand.dawn. Partly contributed by gas shortfalls. Of this. leading to a massive load shedding of almost daily four hours across the country. 2008 http://www. according to the president. increasing pressure on foreign exchange balances. said a Planning Commission official. are uncertain at present or significantly behind schedule. According to an official energy demand forecast.8 million tons.” a government official said. power.860 gas-based plants may not be available and the difference may be met through other costly options. A major part of about 4. Energy shortage is severe and widespread in almost all areas. Since gas shortfalls are expected to be much higher. Even if the physical work is started today.com/2008/01/07/ebr2. adding that the oil demand would also increase by over 23 per cent to about 21 million tons in 2010 from the current 16. and oil shortages were all posing risks to the economic growth in medium to longterm period. January 07. while different sectors contribute to each other’s problems. having about 50 per cent share in the country’s energy consumption.880MW by 2010. Most of the industrial and commercial sector has also been deprived of the natural gas since the advent of winter. However. about 4. the demand for natural gas. A major shortfall is expected in natural gas supplies. would increase by 44 per cent to 39MTOE from 27MTOE currently. The project. This would leave a total deficit of about nine million tons of diesel and furnace oil imports. Dawn.htm E NERGY C RISIS IN P AKISTAN ARE G ROWING R APIDLY President recently claimed that construction would soon begin in Karachi on one of the tallest buildings in the world.
energy shortages foster political instability. Last summer angry public protests in Karachi and riots in Liaquatabad demonstrated how close many Pakistanis are to reaching the limits of their patience. By 2030. as Pakistan has ample potential supplies of both. Absent drastic action. This unrest may be only a foretaste of things to come. and the government intends to increase the share of coal in the overall energy . This fosters a dependency on imported oil that places considerable strain on the country’s finances. in more ways than one. less comfort. the opposition and the ruling parties staged nearly simultaneous protest walkouts from the Senate following a disagreement over high domestic oil prices. What do these figures mean for Pakistanis? Higher prices. Pakistan currently produces less than 20 percent of the oil it consumes. Pakistan’s economy is growing. But unless Pakistan can light that building. Unless Pakistanis — the government. for many. an everyday occurrence. On the other hand. Pakistan’s proven coal reserves are the world’s sixth largest. energy demand in Pakistan will be nearly 22 percent greater than projected supply. In addition to their economic costs. While the present situation with respect to natural gas production is not nearly as critical. that’s the good news. at a time when these resources provide for relatively little of Pakistan’s energy needs. A Pakistan with serious energy shortages will not be a pleasant Pakistan. The bad news is that with this growth comes higher energy consumption and greater pressure on the country’s energy resources. oil and natural gas supply nearly 80 percent of Pakistan’s energy needs. For instance. the consumption of those energy sources vastly exceeds the indigenous supply. Pakistan’s energy situation is expected to get far worse in the years ahead. However. by 2015. reduced opportunities. this energy shortfall will be 64 percent. Pakistan’s projected natural gas needs are expected almost to double (from 2004 levels) by 2010. A widespread power outage affecting much of the country last September triggered panicky rumours of a coup. demand for energy exceeds supply. fewer jobs in a slowed economy.36 IPRI Factfile country and we are second to none”. Power outages and planned power cuts (euphemistically termed “load-shedding”) are. hydropower and coal are perhaps under-utilised today. Earlier this year. heightened political turmoil. eight short years from now. President claims will look silly. the country’s future will indeed be dark. Yes. At present. According to the government’s own figures. but individual citizens as well — act now. Today. Robust economic growth-rates over the past several years have encouraged Pakistan to ignore fundamental weaknesses in the economy.
Unless renewable energy is given a level playing field. and solar — is substantial. wind. he has declared. Pakistan’s minister for petroleum and natural resources has identified energy as the most important input for the country’s economic development. should be the highest priority for the country’s economic managers. for instance. but which carries troubling environmental implications. compared to the country’s current output of less than 450 MW. and Nepal have all implemented successful clean and renewable energy initiatives. Pakistan’s renewable energy potential — hydro. But this goal is unlikely to be reached unless Islamabad is able to persuade the United States and other western countries to help it develop civilian nuclear technology. provincial rivalries and widespread public opposition have significantly slowed the government’s plans to build dams capable of generating electricity. It's said by one of Pakistan’s most distinguished economic analysts. although presently this potential remains largely untapped. after low-cost energy conservation measures have been fully utilised. Sri Lanka. has written of “a colossal failure of public policy” over six decades. Rural areas across India. Yet the record of past governments does not induce confidence. for example. and the government’s goal of 10 percent by 2015 will not be met. Meanwhile. Nuclear power at this point accounts for barely one percent of Pakistan’s energy consumption. inappropriate pricing . the government ambitiously declared that by 2015. 10 percent of the country’s total energy supply would come from renewable energy sources. if only it will listen. Escalating petroleum prices in recent years have given Pakistan an additional incentive to invest in renewable energy technologies. renewable energy labours under severe handicaps in competing with conventional energy — hidden subsidies that allow for lower conventional energy generation costs. Pakistan’s neighbours have something to teach Pakistan. Nonetheless. Bangladesh. Bangladesh. an idea certain to meet with resistance in the West. and established the Alternative Energy Development Board to coordinate renewable energy promotion. The government has announced plans to develop a generating capability of 8.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 37 mix from 7 to 18 percent by 2018 — a course that may make sense from an energy standpoint. and policies that permit conventional energy to disregard the costs of the pollution it creates when pricing power. The uninterrupted supply of energy to fuel the nation’s economy. a major expansion of renewable energy generation is unlikely.800 megawatts (MW) of nuclear energy by 2020. In 2003. Many Pakistanis argue that large hydroelectric projects should be a last resort. which has left the country with “weak institutions. Modest steps in the direction of greater reliance on renewable energy have already been taken. has experienced considerable success with solar home systems financed through micro-financing.
has to get serious about creating an energy strategy. Pakistanis themselves must solve the problem of energy insecurity. and which have a hugely adverse impact on the daily lives of Pakistani citizens. if Pakistan is to move towards all these goals. inspired leadership sustained from one government to the next. if it is to achieve the economic growth necessary to ensure political stability. Preparing for Pakistan’s energy needs over the next quarter century will require long-term vision. There already exists widespread agreement on at least the broad outlines of an energy strategy for Pakistan. Pakistanis must get serious about energy. among other things. The good news is that Pakistanis are not being asked to find a cure for cancer. or to discover entirely new methods or technologies in order to meet their energy needs down the road. a national commitment widely shared among the country’s political and business leaders.com/article_460564_22. but the outside world — both the private and the public sectors — can and will help. several of whom are directly impacted by Pakistani decision-making in the energy sector. If Pakistan is to succeed in its ambitious plans for economic development. if it is to raise the grossly inadequate living standards of its people. political will to make and carry out difficult choices. But solemn promises and soaring rhetoric will not do the job. Pakistan will not find itself alone in this task. At the end of the day. Pakistan. if it is to live in peace with its neighbours. Energy matters for Pakistan. Pakistan’s energy managers know what needs to be done. January 24. 2008 http://www.html E FFICIENT H OUSEHOLD A PPLIANCES C RISIS TO M ITIGATE E NERGY The federal government has entrusted Engineering Development Board (EDB) the task of adopting strategies in collaboration with relevant private .articlealley. and most of all. if it is to begin to address the many environmental problems that up to now have been largely ignored. not just the government of the day — needs to decide that muddling through is not enough. and then — and this is the hard part — about implementing it. Islamabad’s friends around the world believe that it is in their own national interests for Pakistan to succeed — which means.38 IPRI Factfile policies and insufficient public-sector investment that [has] contributed to what appears to be an inexorable march towards another crisis”. Emma-Gill. that Pakistan succeed in its quest for energy security. as a country. Pakistan — the country. Pakistan cannot afford a repetition of this sorry history.
informed the private sector representatives about the initiatives being taken by the government to overcome the energy crisis. the main component used in fan manufacturing. EDB General Manager Zahid Yaqub. The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has drafted the required standards for the production of gas geysers.4 per cent was consumed by the domestic sector. Currently.603GWh. The federal government has also decided to introduce standards for the manufacturing of gas geysers in order to enhance their efficiency and save energy. quality of input material and the relevant benchmarks. who chaired the meeting. The meeting was informed that the electricity consumption during 2005-06 was 67. . The meeting on pumps was told that the enhancement of efficiency of motors used in domestic industrial and agricultural sectors can save 3 to 5 per cent of the total electricity consumption. the EDB held separate meetings on Saturday with leading local manufacturers of fans and pumps and finalised a strategy which would help enhance the efficiency of these domestic products. The President of Fan Manufacturers Association (FMA) called for reducing the rate of sales tax on various components of fans. One of the strategies adopted is to enhance the efficiency of different energy consuming household products. out of which 45. The discussions focused on different aspects of the products including general design. the country has four leading manufacturers of fans as compared to nearly 200 small units manufacturing fans in different parts of the country. out of which one million fans were exported fetching $30 million.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 39 sector industries to enhance the efficiencies of different energy consuming household products being produced in the country. It was felt that quality of copper wire and silicon steel being used and manufacturing of motors and pumps should be increased by reviewing the standards developed by the PSQCA. The FMA also called for banning export of copper. the industry was manufacturing five million fans every year. The FMA president alleged that the small units were using substandard components in order to keep the price low and ignoring energy conservation. It was estimated that every household in Pakistan has a minimum of two to three fans and based on this figure. The standards were being sent to all chambers of commerce and industry and manufacturers for their views before finalisation. The increased efficiency will result not only in reducing consumption of energy and help conserve energy. As per the government’s initiatives to overcome the energy crisis in the country. the total strength of fans was over 30 million. According to the FMA statistics.
The infuriating electricity and gas disruptions and soaring fuel prices in turn pushing the cost of living have made life difficult for people. and the country’s annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions falling 2 million metric tons starting in 2010. Dawn. Yaqub and attended by leading manufacturers of geysers.000 megawatts. The switch to CFLs will result in household lighting costs falling by as much as 80 per cent. Addressing the meeting. 2008 http://www. is intense. He added that the crisis should be converted into an opportunity to introduce high quality product in the market. The meeting was informed that the energy efficiency of local geysers was much lower than the world standards. One of the strategies adopted is to enhance the efficiencies of the different energy consuming household products. or the equivalent of electricity generated by six power plants. representatives of government agencies and senior officials of SNGPL.dawn. which needs to be looked into. costly and multi-dimensional. if investment on R&D was made by the government. is the phasing out of inefficient incandescent bulbs in favour of more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut household energy costs. February 10. accounting for a 15% rise in two weeks. the energy crisis. Therefore.40 IPRI Factfile The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by EDB General Manager Zahid J.com/2008/02/10/ebr11.htm C OPING WITH THE E NERGY C RISIS One of the major problems facing the new government. While CFLs are more expensive to buy than incandescent bulbs. the EDB general manager said that the government was undertaking initiative to minimise the magnitude of the energy crisis. The industry emphasised the need of duty-free import of various components of instant water heaters in order to introduce quality products in the market. national electricity demand is expected to fall by 2. Additionally. research and development (R&D) was necessary to achieve global standard. crude oil prices have been registering . Meanwhile. Amin Ahmed. Another area. Some manufacturers showed their willingness to produce high quality products. ENERCON Managing Director Fareed Ullah Khan informed the meeting that the government was ready to accept any practical proposal from private sector for energy conservation. they pay for themselves in lower power bills within a year. The even before it took office the new government was greeted with two jumps in fuel prices.
It cannot be denied that something has been wrong down the line that caused this crisis. At best. Tough decisions will have to be made. One of the major limitations that have hindered energy prosperity in the country is short-sightedness. that is when Tarbela and Mangla dams were put into operation and other dams. Nevertheless. including Kalabagh. There is no quick solution to electricity shortage and the trend of surging prices is irreversible. as a result of negligible capacity addition during the 1980s and the early 1990s. action in the field of energy has been utterly recklessness. The fact that the IPPs were set up at the terms of the investors suggest that it was a move made in panic. The golden age for energy in Pakistan has been 1960s and most of the 1970s. haphazard and quick-fix measures are sought.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 41 all-time-highs. The undeniable reality is that that this global spike will somehow have to be accommodated in energy prices in Pakistan. The prevalent crisis is a consequence of imprudent energy policies over the last three decades. In subsequent years. the problem can be prevented from aggravating until a sustainable solution is struck. The reason is fairly simple. the move was against the spirit of energy sustainability and security for the country." rather than "goal-oriented. making them undesirable to any regime. this power addition cost the country a fortune – apart from the controversial tariff structure. enhancing power generation capacity by more than 5000MW. In an attempt to avert an approaching energy crisis. Undoubtedly. Long-term and sustainable planning of energy have been an alien concept. There is very little the new government can do on this in the immediate term. energy projects usually require huge investments and commitment." Almost every regime has dealt with energy on an ad hoc basis. shooting 40% in the past year. . The attitude of delaying new projects. A typical example is the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) saga of the 1990s. when things start getting out of control. The country has nearly gone energy bankrupt while a total disaster appears to be round the corner unless pragmatism is shown. has been the common practice and is in fact the recipe of the present crises. and executed with commitment. as far as possible. were actively pursued. The approach has been "project-oriented. There has not been a meaningful and coherent energy policy in place over this period. the regime in 1993-94 decided to go for thermal generation through the IPPs. The crisis is still addressable as long as there is due vision and devotion. the IPPs provided a very healthy contribution at the supply end. In doing so. It is also important that lessons be learnt from the past mistakes on part of relevant circles. The starting point of any remedial efforts should be an acknowledgement of the fact that the crisis is a self-inflicted one.
Another aspect of the bankrupt policies is politicisation of projects of national interest. The paramount example is that of Kalabagh Dam. ill-qualified and incompetent people. It is also important to plant relevant and qualified people at the key policy and decision making positions. WAPDA plays the role of a scapegoat. With the emerging post-lection sense of national reconciliation on the political arena. simply because they are considered to be the most lucrative ones. The revised estimate is around $2.42 IPRI Factfile The last few years provide a perfect example of failure to make a timely response to the growing energy needs.the omens were evident for a number of years but the authorities failed to react in time. There are examples when undergraduate and utterly irrelevant people have been appointed to run energy offices. it is expected that such projects would be looked into with cool heads. Quite often. The technical issues. have to be addressed on the drawing . A threefold increase in energy demand over the last two decades has been responded to with an ill-proportioned increment at the supply end. Senior WAPDA officials claim that in 2002 the government was officially warned about the approaching electricity crisis and was asked to take immediate measures to enhance generation capacity. if there be any. There are also cases when the crucial positions have been used as incentives during political bargaining. It is also noteworthy that WAPDA has traditionally pursued the major projects of national interest but failed to get the due positive response from the policy. because the common man blames WAPDA for his sufferings. It is time to move on. The track record suggests that energy offices are amongst the most coveted ones in any regime. these positions are offered to utterly irrelevant. Interestingly. The delay is costing the country a fortune – an extra $750 million in terms of project cost.25 billion.500MW indicating a 40% deficit of electricity.5 billion. The prevalent energy crisis has not appeared overnight -. The attitude of the relevant authorities has thus indirectly contributed to the growth of the dire crisis. apart from enormous monetary dents inflicted by the five-year delay. The unhealthy attitude towards sensitive energy positions is enough to explain how the field of energy has been traditionally toyed with. It has been politicised to such an extent that its orchestration now appears to be next to impossible. with the advent of 2008 the gap between demand and supply grew to 4. Another example worth quoting here is that of the 969MW Neelam-Jehlum hydroelectric project. The timely warning failed to receive any appreciation.and decisionmakers. It got abandoned until the present power crises intensified towards the end of 2007. It was to be constructed in 2003 at a cost of $1. Consequently. Evidences suggest that the issue has been used to serve the vested interest of regimes and certain political and ethnical forces.
April 28. coal and solar and wind energy) and energy conservation. 2008 http://www. committed and deserving people equipped with due mandate. April 17.com/2008/04/28/welcome. Qureshi added that the Iranian and Pakistani presidents had tasked their foreign ministers to agree on a “mutually convenient date for signing the agreement” after their hour-long talks in Islamabad.thenews. Dawn. Ahmadinejad later held talks with new prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.pk/daily_detail.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 43 board. The Iranian president arrived on Monday morning at Chaklala Airbase in Rawalpindi.asp?id=107244 I RANIAN . the backbone of the future energy policies would have to be reliance on domestic resources (hydropower. Iran also agreed to provide 1100 MW of electricity to Pakistan to help it overcome a recent power shortage. particularly in areas adjoining Iran. the news agency said. and was greeted by an air force honour guard and received bouquets from a young boy and girl. P AKISTANI PRESIDENTS RESOLVE PIPLINE ISSUES Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf on Monday cleared all hurdles over a gas pipeline to India and agreed to sign a deal soon.com. rather in processions.htm .” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was quoted as saying by the official Associated Press of Pakistan. “The two leaders expressed satisfaction over the resolution of all issues that had delayed a final agreement.dawn. APP reported. state media said. which is battling a Taliban insurgency. and “stressed that peace and stability was vital for the region”. It has to be realised that the delay in project has not only made the country suffer but also people that come from all provinces. Musharraf and Ahmadinejad also discussed the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan. He is on his way to Sri Lanka later Monday and will also visit India in coming days. Decisions on energy projects should revolve around national interest rather than naïve political and personal gains. Ahmadinejad discussed the 7. Energy offices should be run by qualified.5-billion-dollar project to transport Iranian gas across the subcontinent while making a short stopover in Islamabad on the first leg of a whirlwind tour of South Asia. a garrison city adjoining Islamabad. In order to tackle the existing crisis and ensure a prosperous energy future. Relevant ministries and departments should also be overhauled. The News. his first meeting with an official from a new government that took power last month after defeating Musharraf's allies in elections. 2008 http://www.
All this has profound implications for Pakistan and South Asia. despite all its opposition to Tehran’s Islamic regime and its nuclear programme. It is a measure of the failure of American foreign policy that Russia and China should continue to carry out their dealings with Iran. Pakistan’s rising energy needs face a shortage. The longstanding project delayed by reservations expressed by India and disputes over tariff and transit fees can now finally take off the ground. the pumping of Iranian gas into Pakistan. even the US. All this means that there will be quite a bit of catching up to do for the post-Bush American administration if it wants to take the rest of the world along on many global issues.dawn. At Pakistan’s initiative. It is a major regional player in the bordering Middle East commanding a naval presence in the strategic Strait of Hormuz from where the bulk of the world’s oil passes. On the other side of the fence. Recent developments taking place in the region whereby American efforts to diplomatically isolate Iran have been snubbed should be seen in the context of growing interdependence of countries upon one another and not as being geared towards furthering the imperatives of a unipolar world — as Washington wishes to see it. to ask Iran to roll back its nuclear programme.com/2008/04/30/ed. India and China at a time when the US opposes such dealings with Iran’s Islamic regime is significant. Iran is an important neighbour with which the people of the subcontinent have enjoyed historical relations. The accord reached with Iran also dispels the impression that Pakistan’s earlier signing of another gas supply deal with Turkmenistan via Afghanistan was an alternative to the IPI deal.htm .100 MW of electricity is godsend. Dawn. Iran’s offer to wire in 1. It is an assertion of independence in international relations on the part of the countries concerned and their refusal to be dictated to by Washington. President Musharraf’s reiteration of support on the subject to his Iranian counterpart is reassuring. 2008 http://www. another trilateral deal envisaging the supply of gas to China through this country is also a good omen for regional cooperation that will work to everyone’s benefit. including in the controversial nuclear energy sector as far as Moscow is concerned. as it recently did. and in addition to future gas supply. On the political front. and India should snub Washington’s suggestion.44 IPRI Factfile T IES WITH I RAN The decision reached in Islamabad on Monday between the visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and President Musharraf to sign the accord on Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline augurs well for all concerned. because it arguably works against their own economic and diplomatic interests. cannot deny the importance of engaging Iran if it wants to cool off tensions in Iraq. April 30. Tehran has insisted all along that its programme is for peaceful purposes.
It is hoped concerned including Public Accounts Committee. running and maintenance of these illegal generators. office holders and govt. There is no provision in country’s laws that authorize spending and regularization of billions of tax-rupees being wasted on the procurement. departments because it encourages waste and negates basic spirit of country’s . 3) Withdraw subsidized/free electricity/gas for public servants. 2) Which law permits country’s rulers to enjoy uninterrupted supply of electricity while the public who they serve suffers due to load shedding for no fault of their own? Can PM justify uninterrupted supply of electricity in VIP pockets across the country while average Pakistanis face unending power rationing? Similarly. energy minister’s statement of requiring three-year gestation period for permanently ending long hours of load shedding and instead calling for adoption of energy conservation measures mandate PMs intervention to end the misery of an average Pakistani who has been forced to face summer heat and humidity for no fault of his own and pay for national policy failure and corruption. maintenance and fueling. 2) Across the board removal of generators and air-conditioning/heating systems from govt. will the rulers clarify for the ordinary people which law allows backup generators for hundreds and thousands of such VIPs nationwide whose number is growing by the hour? Shouldn’t the country’s law lords be taking suo moto notices to end generator culture by unveiling number of generators being used for the VIPs. legal fraternity will help country’s courts and PM to end wastage of tax dollars amidst reports that current 522 billion fiscal deficit will climb to 957 billion by the end of fiscal year 2007/8 and an another impending fuel prices increase before June 30. how much they cost to the national exchequer annually and which law authorizes the procurement.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 45 P OWER C RISIS & A LTERNATE E NERGY T ECHNOLOGY The Energy Minister’s statement that country will have to face the current energy crisis for next three years shows that he is unable to alleviate the misery of average Pakistani family and expects them to conduct daily routine chores in extreme summer heat without eight to sixteen hours of electricity. Thereby rendering immediate borrowing of some three billion US dollar loan to sustain country’s (failing) economy. citizen watch groups. PM to show genuine support for people’s plight and as part of austerity drive should ordering following steps to end corruption in electricity and gas departments: 1) Inclusion of all VIP areas across the country including Islamabad into the current load shedding schedule. These figures. It brings us to : 1) Energy Minister has failed to come up with a solution to end energy crisis including nationalization of energy sector and adoption of alternate energy. offices and residences to end VIP culture and save energy consumption.
law. Otherwise, also lawmakers and govt. employees as public servants cannot have free gas and electricity paid by tax money, which is not extended to the masses. 4) The energy consumption of country’s domestic sector is less than total consumption of free electricity given to govt. sector. Therefore, PM should direct energy minister to save 500 MW by withdrawing free electricity from VIPs instead of forcing load shedding at grassroots. In fact the national leadership to set a personal example should share equal hours of load shedding if not more. Energy Minister in his statement on the floor of the house said that 50/100 MW of electricity will be generated from wind turbines. The amount reflects PPPP’s flawed energy policy stressing on long and midterm plans thereby failing to provide immediate relief to masses. PM should issue immediate directions to incorporate feasible alternate energy technology based on alternate energy mapping for following reasons: 1) it can provide quick and sustainable solution for domestic sector that consumes less than 13% of total generated electricity. 2) In- step with international policy replace 20-25 percent of fossil fuel based current energy generation with alternate energy. 3) Cut fossil fuel imports to reduce foreign currency expenditure. 4) the ‘plug and play’ and main grid compatibility of these alternate energy options can alleviate misery of masses suffering the heat at grassroots due to 8/16 hour protracted load shedding schedules. Therefore, it is need of the hour to permanently shift country’s domestic and agriculture sectors to alternate energy to permanently end load shedding, reduce electricity bills and cut costs on import of ever increasing fuel prices. In this regard, state of the art affordable wind turbines, solar panels, photovoltaic panels can play an important role to help realize the objectives: 1) The ‘plug and play’ and ‘grid ready’ alternate energy technology can bring immediate relief at grassroots and end three year waiting period. 2) These alternate energy solutions are cheaper because: (a) Due to their proximity to consumers it reduces line losses, which in turn reduces energy cost. For example, the alternate energy helps cut line losses internationally accepted standards of 5-7% against Pakistan’s reported line losses exceeding 45 percent of total production, (independent observers put at 65%), which in turn forces per unit electricity prices increase to recover cost of lines losses and thefts.(b) It will allow energy generation at districts, tehsils and individual level, which in turn will help end corruption at all levels and cut over head costs. 3). Cheaper energy will promote small/medium industrial and manufacturing setups with multiple advantages including generation/sustenance of millions of jobs. 4) Cheaper sustainable alternate energy solutions will support and sustain country’s agri-sector offering critical advantages including produce increase and increasing employment opportunities. 5) Reduce energy related disputes between federation and provinces. The fact of the matter is alternate energy as highlighted in my article ‘time for nationalized energy sector’,
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http://pakobserver.net/200804/17/Articles03.asp is a cheaper and with 50,000 MW growth potential is the sustainable way forward to end load shedding, provide relief at grassroots and meet international standards of ‘greener earth’ as part of cleaner global environment. However, it is the mindset than actual challenges in energy field that needs to be addressed as highlighted in my article ‘energy crisis and corruption nexus’ dated 7 Jan. http://www.pakobserver.net/200801/07/Articles04.asp. PM need to help end corruption and stakes blocking adoption of alternate energy to provide relief to masses, uplift agri-sector and facilitate country’s economic progress. In this regard Nawaz Sharif can play an important role by promoting adoption of alternate energy in Punjab. The model in turn can be copied by the rest of the country to provide relief to masses, sustain and generate growth and jobs in country’s agri-sector. In short 4200 MW can be generated by 1600 wind turbines with each generating of 3 MWs. The shift to alternate energy can help Pakistan save 300 billion rupees (4.6 billion dollars) being paid in annual subsidies to energy companies at the rate of 25 billion rupees per month. The purchase of 1600 wind turbines should cost around 0.192 billion dollars (1600 x $1,20,000 per piece) which is not only fraction of 4.6 billion dollars being currently paid under subsidy head but will also cut expenditure on import of costly furnace oil and ease pressure on foreign reserves etc. Logically, the adoption of alternate energy technology should reduce per unit cost with every passing year. All this makes sense in wake of growing oil prices. Finally, it is need of the hour to provide relief at grassroots by incorporating available alternate energy technologies in national energy policy. It will help agri-sector and the industrial sector can be facilitated to adopt alternate energy technology. It will help reduce expenditure on fuel imports and foreign reserve. The nationalization of energy sector and adoption of alternation energy technology can go hand in hand with already approved long and medium term policies and projects based on traditional resources of energy generation.
Rizwan Ghani, Pakistan Observer, May 3, 2008 http://pakobserver.net/200805/03/Articles04.asp
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The coalition government has called a high level meeting of chief executives of all Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to seek their assistance in tackling the issue of power shortages prevailing in the country. The meeting will be held on Friday (today) at Pakistan Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) and would be chaired by Federal Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf. Water and Power Development
Authority (WAPDA) and Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) officials would also attend the meeting. IPPs are still generating around 4,000MW to 4,500MW per day against 5,728MW power per day as agreed with government. During last year, the power generation by IPPs stood at 5,500MW per day that has dropped during the current season. The country is said to face a power shortfall of over 3000MW per day as the demand of electricity had shot up to 15,000MW per day. The Independent Power Producers (IPPs) are generating 4,500MW power per day and hydel generation stands at 3,500MW per day whereas the total power generation stands at 11,500MW per day. Sources said that with the passage of time, the power generation capacity of the IPPs is declining, the major reason of power shortfall. Sources said that IPPs would be asked to generate power as per agreement with the government and also to extent their operations to overcome the power shortages. Sources said that the IPPs defaults have piled up to Rs 25.3 billion and they have demanded the Federal Government to intervene for paying immediately. Sources said that Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have threatened PEPCO for suspending power generation. Sources said that the meeting would review the payment of dues to IPPs. Due to circular debt among different stakeholders including Pakistan State Oil (PSO), PEPCO, KESC and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have become the main reason for low generation of power in the country, sources said. Hub Power Company (HUBCO), the major power generation and supply company has threatened PEPCO to pay its arrears on the account of purchasing power otherwise it would suspend the power supply. HUBCO is to pay Rs 2 billion dues to PSO for the provision of furnace oil to HUBCO. PSO had resumed the fuel supply to HUBCO after obtaining the letter of comfort from Water and Power Ministry. On the other side, HUBCO claims that it has to receive billion of rupees dues from the PEPCO for provision of power, sources added.
Zafar Bhutta, Daily Time, May 9, 2008 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008%5C05%5C09%5Cstory_9-52008_pg5_4
C OMPETING F IRMS C OMPLETE F EASIBILITY R EPORTS
The two international firms in fray for constructing a 1,000MW power plant, which will use imported coal as fuel, have completed feasibility studies, an official told The News on Saturday.
There is no variable component in the tariff.7 cents. The News. That tariff was rejected and the company left.asp?id=111829 .” Pakistan is facing an electricity shortfall of 3000MW per day. the cost of coal will always be lower than oil’s. he added.” The company had initially demanded 11.1 cents. NEPRA’s tariff has been calculated on the basis of a report prepared by a German firm RWE in 2004.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 49 AES Corporation of US and Japanese Mitsui Group were short-listed in December 2006 to prepare two separate feasibility reports for Pakistan’s first such power plant. “I cannot specify how much that is going to be.1 cents per kWh for 40 years. RWE has recommended a leveled tariff of 7. but it will be around NEPRA’s tariff for indigenous coal-fired power plants. said the tariff was calculated after taking into consideration the costs associated with mining and generation. NEPRA’s tariff seems lucrative from RWE’s point of view. that back in 2005 a Chinese company had agreed to undertake the capital-intensive project at 5. which has proposed the mining of Thar coal and using it for a 1000MW power plant. sees it unfeasible. Abdul Basit Mehta. who works for Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB). “Negotiations for power tariff will get underway in a couple of weeks. a local representative of RWE. Pakistan is fighting to catch the elusive dream of utilising cheap source of energy since 1992. and spends billions of rupees annually to import fuel oil to run its thermal power plants. which was the year when it was discovered that Thar District is sitting over 175 billion tonnes of coal reserves. It is prudent to recall again. but had to revise down the tariff after the government’s refusal.8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for Thar coal-fired power plants.thenews. but Hassan Associate.com. The decision to generate power using imported coal was based on assumptions that not only will it help in meeting demand. National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has given an upfront tariff of US7.” said the official.5 cents will be unacceptable. Landed cost of imported coal has surged to $130 per tonne from $60 a year ago. 2008 http://www.” a company official said. Any tariff based on this coal will reflect the price fluctuation. May 11. this tariff differs greatly from what the investors will want for a power plant based on imported coal.pk/print1. unlike the upfront tariff offered by NEPRA. “Cost of machinery and equipment has increased manifolds in the last few years. “Anything below 10. However.
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Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Northern and Information Technology Qamar uz Zaman Qaira has said the government has decided to convene a special Cabinet meeting to cope with ongoing energy crisis. “All the relevant experts and chambers would also be invited for suggestions over the issue which now has started taking its toll,” he expressed these views while speaking at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Saturday. Minister said the present government was taking all possible measures to bridge the gap between demand and supply of electricity. Due to acute shortage of power, not only the industry, the common man was also suffering. He said all the issues had been discussed threadbare in all the four Cabinet meetings held so far. He said to develop IT infrastructure, the government has divided the country into 14 regions and aggressive investments would be made to equip 1400 cities and villages with Information Technology that do not have access to IT. He said the government has introduced scholarships for the promotion of Information Technology. On the issue of Kashmir, the Federal Minister said that sometimes, informal diplomacy can do the miracles and business community should use its good offices for a breakthrough in this regard. Federal Minister said steps were on way to promote trade between Indian occupied Kashmir and Azad Jammu Kashmir that would definitely help bring the people of two sides further closer. He said special attention was also being given towards vocational training and skill development, as the industry was heavily suffering because of the shortage of skilled labour. Referring to atta prices, he said there was an anomaly in the provision of subsidy. Equal subsidy was being given on atta used by the rich and the poor. Things are being sorted out to ensure benefit to the poor alone. LCCI president, Mohammad Ali Mian stressed the need for early solution of Kashmir issue. He said no Confidence Building Measure (CBM) would work unless the issue of Kashmir is resolved.
Daily Times, May 11, 2008 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008%5C05%5C11%5Cstory_11-52008_pg5_16
Energy Crisis in Pakistan
E NERGY W EB
Commendable developments have materialized lately on various avenues of energy sector in Asia with countries fostering forward their collaborations for fulfilling their energy requirements. The dream of making Asian gas grid could transform the quest for energy by Asian economies into a cooperative, not conflictive enterprise. Regional actors entangled subjectively in energy web of interdependence, could generate far-reaching effect on the security, stability and development of the region. Hence, locking their positions by working together in a manner of complex correlation. The outcome of this interconnectedness would determine the future course of economics, politics, inter-state relationships, economic cooperation and security status of the region as a whole. With growing oil prices skyrocketing, Asian country's thrust for cheaper imported gas has acquired a greater urgency than ever before. In order to fulfill energy requirements, countries like Pakistan, India, Iran and China have leaned their thrust even to develop civilian nuclear technology to meet the needs of ever expanding economies. Nowadays, we are totally dependent on an abundant and uninterrupted supply of energy for living and working. It is a key ingredient in all sectors of modern economies. It is high time that we must secure our future in the growing state of depleting energy resources. As the new energy world order dawned with momentum in Asia, several key benchmarks have been achieved on aspired projects of IPI (India-Pakistan-Iran) and TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-PakistanIndia) gas pipelines. These pipelines can be more appropriately called as "life lines" to the industry and economies of Asian subcontinent and beyond. Countries involved in both either IPI or TAPI had serious reservations involved, which had descended them to remain reluctant in pursuing the projects. We are still in the state of wilderness as yet the projects, which have actually set foot in early 90s or later failed to materialize as yet. Both projects got badly snagged in international and regional politics. But latest signing of "Government Framework Agreement" in Islamabad to initiate TAPI project, readmission of India in IPI, workable agreement between Pakistan and India on transit fee, recent agreement on IPI to draft the final phase of the project and finally signing an accord, depicts active assertion of the stakeholders to remove the impediments on the way. Both projects (IPI) and (TAPI) would provide the gas to the Asian developing countries including Pakistan, India, China and beyond the region. These states have limited oil/liquid reserves to meet their
demands. With rocketing prices and limited supply of oil, signifies the option of gas which is cheaper, cleaner and plentiful, and in an increasingly environmentally conscious world, developed countries see this as an attractive alternative to oil and mineral fuels. Hence, oilproducing states of Persian Gulf are striving to develop their gas supplies to supplement their dwindling oil reserves. While the landlocked El Dorados of Central Asia offer the energy hungry burgeoning economies to invest and evolve effective methods to transfer the resources. These states have abundance of proven and unproven gas and oil reserves anticipating to be explored. It is quite mandatory for the states to develop the national strategies for robust exploration of not only indigenous resources but require enhancing by trans-national energy options to meet the constraints. TAPI gas pipeline project, would begin from the Dauletabad gas field (Turkmenistan), and runs through Herat, Kandhar (Afghanistan), Quetta, Multan (Pakistan) and the final destination of the pipeline will be the Indian town of Fazilka, near the border between India and Pakistan. The total length of the pipeline would be 1,680 kilometer will be built and operated by a consortium of national oil companies from the four countries, furthermore the cost of the project was just over 3$billion in 2003; today it is $7.6billion. The pipeline is to begin its operations in 2015, if all the contending issues are to be resolved. The pipeline will transport 33 billion standard cubic meter (scm) gas from the Dauletabad gas field. There will be six compressor stations along the entire length of the pipeline and it will have to be guarded by the states they pass through, apart from the pipeline. The largest stretch will fall to the share of Pakistan, between Quetta and Multan and the Indian border. ADB provided the financial assistance of 1.0$ million for the feasibility study of the project. Several major risks were proving as impediments in materializing the TAPI project. Security of the pipeline is the most important in this regard, as it passes through the tumultuous region of Afghanistan, where the security situation is far more satisfactory. Turkmenistan requested UN to adopt a new convention guaranteeing pipeline security. The proposal represents the abandonment of fiercely nationalist policy adopted by Niyazove. Turkmenistan's claims of having reserves of more than 25 trillion cubic feet need to certify through an independent auditor. Issues like that of consortium formation, legal and regulatory framework, and issues of gas sales and purchase agreements need to be resolved at earnest. Political discords among the regional and international powers related to US support to TAPI project due to contentious relations with Iran, Pakistan and India's conflicts and disagreements on various issues and
China illustrated keen interest in making this a reality with having necessary expertise and resources. This is actually more feasible and viable solution. have the potential to link Persian Gulf with roaring economies of Far East. Pakistan has deep rooted and closer relations with Iran and support on various issues either nuclear or forming a regional energy grid. If substantiate effectively. conceptualized in 1989. a revised TIPI (Turkmenistan-Iran. This pipeline was smudged and hampered by conflicting issues ranging from security to pricing and finalizing the framework. still it demonstrated sign of thrust to move forward for the project. and involvement of China led India to participate with revised sense of urgency. While depending on the feasibility of the project. To settle the major issues apropos of pricing. For both states. Pakistan clearly realized that Iran sees the IPI as both a source of valuable foreign exchange as well as warding off the mounting US and other western powers to isolate Iran on its nuclear enrichment foreign policy.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 53 Pakistan's constrained relations with Afghanistan are proving as hindrance on the way.2 billion cubic feet per day of Iranian gas to Pakistan and 2. Length of pipeline runs 1700 miles with 3. For India and Pakistan. The proposed pipeline would deliver gas from Assalouyeh in southern Iran through Balochistan and Sindh provinces of Pakistan and then to India. it is difficult to show the same level of consent on the IPI because of the divergent foreign policies and priorities involved.Pakistan -India) may be plotted. Even option was propounded that instead of TAPI. Pakistan declared that China would become part of the project and convert into (IPC). This proclamation sent quaver to India.1 billion cubic per day to India by 2011 moreover the cost of the project is nearly 7-8 $billion. With growing demand at domestic markets soaring. with less troubles for the project. However later early this year. Even US lured India to have the much-aspired civilian nuclear deal to meet its growing energy demands. With sever warning to India against joining the project by the US because of Iran. when India shows reluctance in the IP project. it would be appropriate to understand the emerging reality that in near future the solution to Afghan problem is far from being a reality and TAPI project is less likely to be practically implemented. then IPI pipeline would also assert and depict independent foreign policies adopted by Pakistan and India on issues of high priority related to energy with certainly wanting to break from the pressure to abort the plan. The rival IPI (Iran-Pakistan-India) pipeline. Analysis reveals that on one hand if IPI project carries greater political price for both Pakistan and India than on the other TAPI had . Iran demands that clause to revise the gas price every three years to be incorporated into the agreement. which both India and Pakistan disagreed.
But the fact remains that nearly all roads which provides energy security in Asia lead from Tehran. Presided over by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. May 12.com.54 IPRI Factfile been put on hold because of security and sensitive areas on the way. the cabinet also decided that international bids will be invited to generate 1. The move of setting the clock an hour ahead that had failed twice first during the term of prime minister Banazir Bhutto and then in the last government headed by President Pervez Musharraf is now being tried again to get the desired goal of saving energy. The objective of the whole exercise is to save energy in the peak summer season. 2008 http://www. The problems wont be solved while isolating Iran but close and competitive environment leads to prosperity of the Conclusively. Half of the street lights will also remain off on alternative basis during . This means the sun rise in Islamabad will be at 6:05 am instead of 5:05 am and sun set at 8:05 pm instead 7:05 pm.200 mega watts (MW) of electricity on fast track basis. In the rapidly intensifying international energy competition.nation. Afghanistan as reluctantly been controlled but still has the seeds of insurgency expected to be blossoming this summer as illustrated by the attack on President Hamid Karzai with loud and clear message of " strike any where in the world". Iran holds the master key to the most staggering political and economic roadblock that impedes the economic growth. The industrial zones across the country will start observing holidays on rotation basis to share the load on electricity while air conditions (ACs) in all government offices will not be turned on from 8 am to 11 am during this period. The Nation. Iran's ability to act as an energy corridor for the sub-continent and salient importance of Iran is indisputable.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-englishonline/Business/12-May-2008/Entangled-in-energy-web/1 M EETING H ELD TO D ISCUSS P AKISTAN ' S E NERGY C RISIS Pakistan's federal cabinet yesterday convened a special meeting here to discuss the worsening energy situation and decided that all commercial markets will be closed at 9 pm while clocks will be set one hour ahead from June 1 till the end of August. Therefore it can be concluded TAPI and IPI could not become good devices of leverage unless and until Pakistan is to set its house in order and become a normal. democratic and stable state. the fact remained which must be kept in mind is that TAPI and IPI would be operational in domains of disorder lying between economically upward regions. On the other hand Pakistan present shaky coalition government has been involved in settling the domestic political instability with paying merge attention to resolve the economic issues. Farhat Akram.
but the government has decided to accomplish it within a year-and-a-half. as it is well aware of the sufferings of masses and the difficulties being faced by the industry. the situation would have been far better. He said LCCI SME Fair and the seminar would help further consolidate businesses in Pakistan. he added. The water minister said the power generation tendering and production process took three years or more. a crash energy conservation plan had already been rolled-out by the federal government to bridge demand-supply gap. which was going up with every passing day due to high oil prices in the international market.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 55 these three months. Water Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said while briefing the newspersons on the cabinet meeting.” Look at India. He squarely blamed the previous government for the energy shortage. This summer (June-August). Pakistan is facing 4000MW of electricity shortages worse than the last year after a 50 per cent (2500MW) drop in hydel generation due to less water in rivers and slower melting down of snows on the mountains. “Had a go-ahead been granted to smaller power projects around 600 MW electricity in yester years. . May 16. He said a number good policies in the past could not give desired results for want of due attention towards their implementation. The government will also import 10 million energy saving bulbs to promote the culture of energy conservation. He said from July international bids will be invited for production of 1200 MW on fast track basis. a senior Punjab Minister. this offer will be closed as soon as the government achieved the generation target of 1200 MW.asp?section=business&xfile=data/ business/2008/may/business_may560. said Raja Riaz.khaleejtimes. On energy crisis. These bids will be offered at the existing rates (considered cheaper) of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) in order to attract investment. he urged the Minister to tap alternate energy resources because it would help curtail government’s import bill. he said.xml G OVT T AKING S TEPS TO O VERCOME E NERGY C RISIS The government is taking all necessary steps to overcome the ongoing energy crisis. At closing ceremony of two-day LCCI SME Fair 2008.com/DisplayArticleNew. Khaleej Time. Mohammad Ali Mian urged Minister to evolve all the future business policies after having due consultation with the stakeholders as in the past this practice was hardly seen anywhere. it had built scores of dams during all these years. 2008 http://www. However.
pk/default. The LCCI SME Fair and the seminar would help further consolidate businesses in Pakistan.com. 2008 http://www. he urged the minister to tap alternative energy resources because it would help curtail government’s import bill which was going up due to high oil prices in the international market. May 17. He said a number of good policies in the past could not give desired results for want of due attention to their implementation. Speaking on the small and medium enterprises. it had built scores of dams during all these years. Due to the shortage of electricity. The minister was speaking at the closing ceremony of a two-day SME Fair-2008.” Look at India. On energy crisis. “Had a go-ahead been granted to these smaller power projects in yesteryears. he said.56 IPRI Factfile He said Federal government should immediately start construction of big water reservoir including Kalabagh Dam. organised by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. at the LCCI late on Thursday night. In his address. saying in 1994 a plan was chalked out to produce 600 megawatts of electricity by building small power projects on canals but the plan could not get go ahead due to unknown reasons. Mohammad Ali said infrastructure played an important role in the industrial growth of any country and there was a need for the government to . a crash energy conservation plan had already been announced by the federal government to bridge the demand-supply gap. he added. he said. the minister praised the Lahore Chamber for supplementing government’s efforts for bringing an economic turnaround. In that regard. LCCI President Mohammad Ali Mian urged the senior minister to evolve all future business policies after consultation with the stakeholders as in the past that practice was hardly seen anywhere. Daily Times. The minister squarely blamed the previous government for the energy shortage. not only the industry was heavily suffering but it was feared that the unemployment graph could further go up.dailytimes. he added. the situation would have been far better.asp?page=2008%5C05%5C17%5Cstory_17-52008_pg5_18 E NERGY C ONSERVATION P LAN TO C OMBAT S HORTAGE : M INISTER Senior Punjab Minister Raja Riaz has said the government is well aware of the sufferings of masses and the difficulties being faced by the industry.
m. May 17. Moreover. Lyari. Gulistan-eJauhar.m.228MW. This was after recurring and prolonged power failures from Monday evening till Tuesday morning. KESC officials said that Unit no.thenews. The ever-widening demand-supply gap means that almost every residential and commercial part of Karachi has been coming under prolonged and multiple spells of power load-shedding lasting over two-and-a-half hours each.asp?id=113008 D EMAND -S UPPLY G AP I NCREASES D RAMATICALLY 415MW TO The electricity demand-supply gap in the city increased phenomenally to 415 Megawatts (MW) on Tuesday. A KANUPP spokesman said that the plant. and Gulishan-e-Iqbal reportedly suffered hours-long power failures till . Tuesday. several parts of Malir. These continue toll late into the night. Tuesday due to the loss of KESC transmission lines. but would be online soon after the requisite repairs and maintenance. which supplies 80MW to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) tripped at around 10:20 a. officials concerned told The News. The News. This shortfall is probably the highest recorded here during the current season.m.com. several areas of the city have experienced prolonged and recurring spells of power breakdown since Monday evening because system overload has caused the transmission and distribution mechanisms for electric supply in those areas to go haywire. Residents of the area suffered power breakdowns after midnight Monday. and the electricity supply had not been restored until 05:00 p. DHA. Another complainant from Grey River Flats near the Korangi Creek said that the residential complex had gone without electricity from 01:00 p. Meanwhile. 2008 http://www. The LCCI president also suggested to the minister to widen the scope of Businessmen-Police Liaison Committee by including all the industrial areas in it as an improved law and order situation was a prerequisite to investment. Moreover.m. 6 of the Bin Qasim Thermal Power Plant has also been non-functional for the past couple of days. to 05:00 p. The total demand of power in Karachi during the last 24 hours was 2. Probably the worst electric supply situation during the last 24 hours in the city was in Federal B. PECHS. after Karachi lost electricity from its nuclear power plant at KANUPP. Area Block-20 near the Edhi Centre. on Tuesday.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 57 expedite up gradation of infrastructure that would not only encourage local investors but would also help attract foreign investment.pk/daily_detail.
further raising the people's misery index. Ajmal Baloch. have been running dry for past couple of days because the prolonged spells of power breakdown and load-shedding have equally affected the water supply installations of the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB). at a time when Pakistan is also gripped by soaring food prices. Iran's state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency has said during the recent visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Pakistan.100 MW of electricity to the South Asian nation. Despite attractive investment opportunities in a country of 160 million whose political climate is improving.m. all commercial centers and markets are to be closed by 9 p. The News.com. the minister of water and power warned. Some estimates say the shortage may be as much as 4. May 21. Because of the shortage. growing fiscal deficits and soaring inflation. especially in the suburban parts. He said people do not come to markets on official holidays. a member of Pakistan's new ruling coalition that took over in March after months of violence and political instability. told APP that during the summer. 2008 http://www. residual political uncertainty and macroeconomic problems including shortages. especially in tribal areas suspected to be Taliban and al-Qaida hideouts. In addition to this. and the government's decision to close them on Fridays instead of on Sundays would further hurt business activities. Iran renewed its .58 IPRI Factfile Tuesday evening due to serious faults in the systems and installations of power transmission and distribution. electricity supply to homes is cut for several hours a day. the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported Wednesday.000 megawatts. rating agencies seem reluctant to raise their numbers on Pakistan because of the continuing insurgency.thenews. several sprawling residential areas of the city. Iranian Energy Minister Parviz Fattah is due to visit Pakistan later this month to discuss a proposal to supply 1. noting the need for conservation. shoppers prefer to come to markets at night and a 9 p.asp?id=113882 P AKISTAN F ACING A CUTE P OWER S HORTAGE Pakistan is facing an acute power shortage that is hurting the economy. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said the shortage comes with the onset of severe summer.pk/daily_detail. said the government is determined to resolve the issue. closing time would greatly inconvenience them.m. president of a trade union. Under an energy management plan to conserve power use. Ashraf.
000 MWs whereas it could generate 10.000 MW from coal alone. Dr Zafar said that renewable energy resources were cost efficient and environment friendly. especially at the Gwadar port in Balochistan province and neighboring areas.com/Energy_Resources/2008/05/21/Pakistan_facing_acute_power _shortage/UPI-42941211408928/ R ENEWABLE R ESOURCES M UST C RISIS TO C OUNTER E NERGY Tapping of renewable energy resources of wind. Environment Protection Department Additional Secretary Dr Zafar Abdullah stated this while speaking at a seminar on 'Clean Energy for Safe Environment and Sustainable Development' here at a local hotel on Wednesday. He said that Pakistan was not utilising its hydel power potential also. 2008 http://www. Wapda was losing Rs 52 billion per annum by purchasing fuel at the rate of Rs 35. It said Pakistani industrial units are being told to stagger their weekly holidays. He said that only technology was needed to tap these resources available in abundance.000 per ton and supplying it to the IPPs at the rate of Rs 5.000 MWs but the country was facing a shortage of 4.000 per ton under a forced agreement.100 MW of electricity to help meet Pakistan's energy needs. He said that the World Bank had opposed execution of hydel power projects by Wapda because these would have affected import of .upi.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 59 offer to supply 1. The country was facing power shortage of over 4. Water flowing from Tarbela Dam can be easily stored by building a dam at Kalabagh. Iran currently provides 35 MW of electricity along the Pakistan-Iran border. solar and bio-fuels is necessary to resolve the prevailing energy crisis and reduce the growing trade deficit. China was generating 80 per cent of power required by it from coal but Pakistan was yet to acquire the technology. He said that Indus River System alone had hydle power potential of 35. May 21. IRNA said Pakistan's conservation measures are designed to save 500 MW. Former NESPAK General Manager Sabir Ali Bhatti said that power shortage was resulting in economic loss of 3 billion dollars per annum. Wapda was forced to purchase thermal power from private companies at much higher rates on the pressure of international financial institutions.000 MW. EPD Director General Dr Shagufta Shahjehan chaired the seminar.
Pakistan experiences serious power-shortage resulting in serious power deficit that hampers not only the development process but also poses serious threat to national growth. India was generating 9.60 IPRI Factfile power generation equipment from the developed countries. even one’s behavior.000 MW from its 1046 kilometre coastline. made synonymous with backwardness and replaced by the new one causing maximum energy wastage. Load shedding is a serious issue as it not only hampers the domestic. We have plenty of wind and sunshine to create .nation. The Nation. In the past development plans focusing on electrification of villages. power connection to new industrial units and to agricultural producers were put on hold till power installation and generation was undertaken. Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies Deputy Director Irfan Yousaf said that a 700 MW wind power generation project had been launched at Gharo in coastal area of Sindh. Allah has blessed our country with natural resources that can be utilized to create electricity. May 22. 2008 http://www. Sustainable architecture was required to be energy efficient. Rapid rise in population and increase in number of households and its demand for electricity was not fully accounted in development plans. The countrywide load shedding has proved the inefficiency. Pakistan had the third largest coal reserves in the world and could use the same for generating power like Iran. India and China by acquiring the technology. Heavy load shedding of power across Pakistan creates major problems especially for all categories of users.com. Solar energy projects were being launched in Northern Punjab and Sindh. The most affected user of electricity under this crisis is the households followed by industrial users. business and industrial activities but also spoils one’s mood. price-hike. Lack of proper power policy and planning evolves major area that requires government’s initiative. mismanagement and governance issues related to policies and practices of our successive governments. That’s why now the production and supply is too low according to the demand. The old building tradition had. wheat crisis and unending load shedding are among the top most problems.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-englishonline/Regional/Lahore/22-May-2008/Renewable-resources-must-to-counterenergy-crisis L OAD S HEDDING : P ART OF C ONSPIRACY Pakistan is facing multivariate problems nowadays. however. NCA Professor Dr Sohail Qureshi said that historical buildings were energy efficient and environment friendly because of utilisation of indigenous materials and technology.000 MNWs from wind whereas Pakistan had a potential to generate 50.
It generates 969 megawatt of electricity. but it will take political will on part of our government as well as politicians to invest in for the country’s better future. Punjab does not release enough downstream. when Sindh needs water. The other is international conspiracy related to Pakistan’s water resources that United States and India spoiling Pakistan’s water resources they don’t won’t Pakistan to have much resources to combating its energy crisis. Energy savers would be used. United state indulging Pakistan to its security related problems in Tribal Areas and diverting Pakistan’s attention towards major issues related to energy and India committing itself to theft Pakistan’s water resources which comes to India here is the example of Baglihar Dam. This would be completed with the help of China. We have thermal power base electricity. America and Norway. So through these steps we can reduce the consumption of electricity. when Sindh does not need water. National conspiracy is that our provinces blamed each other for water related crisis for example Sindh attributing the scarcity to theft and wasteful use by Punjab. On Pakistani side this is on WAPDA and NEEPAK. Government makes sure that the work would be started on Kalabagh Dam. We have two conspiracies related to water shortage in the country. the province also suffers from manipulations. Recently Government of Pakistan pays attention to that crisis and takes different measures to tackle that crisis. On short term basis government also take different actions like Markets and Shopping Malls would be closed at 9 o clock. 15-18 thousands of thermal electricity would be produced in upcoming five years.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 61 energy from them. Government made an agreement of “Nelam power project” of about 130 millions. and during floods. The work would be started on Bhasha Dam next year which generate four and a half thousand megawatt electricity. Water is rapidly becoming one of the defining crises of the 21st century. Apart from lack of development. yet hardly any development projects have been visualized. The present energy crisis in the country is because we have failed to build large dams. Bill boards would be closed. But this could be on short term basis in order to solve this issue of load shedding we need a permanent solution though constructing more power plants. The Kalabagh Dam is also under this controversial approach. One is national conspiracy and the other is international one. In governmental offices air conditioners would be started at 11 O’ clock. It may surprise to see that over the last 8 or 9 years there hasn’t been A SINGLE MEGAWATT increase in generation capacity. They create hurdles for Pakistan in this regard. Holiday should be on Friday. This agreement is between Pakistan. Punjab flushes out surplus water downstream. Though Pakistan is well endowed with water resources. . After that Sindh traditionally has had two complaints against Punjab – one that in the dry season.
We are one of the few declared nuclear States of the world. none of our governments has seriously looked into it. Several thermal powers were installed which resulted in two problems: import of fuel to meet power generation requirements.net/200805/23/Articles04. Then after that there is solar (and every part of Pakistan has abundant sunlight throughout the year). led by Vice President for South Asia Region. . And we must also not forget wind. energy and environment sectors besides unemployment on priority basis. thermal and nuclear sources. agricultural and economic development of the country. Take coal for example. Hydropower generation was strongly advocated to not only supplement power generation but also at a much lower cost. and distribution of electrical energy keeping in view the future power requirements for the industrial. transmission. and resultant significant rise in power generation cost and cost to user shot up manifolds. yet we produce a fraction of power from nuclear as other countries do. Over the years we have neglected other sources. Pakistan has the 7th largest coal reserve in the world (in Thar area) and we only produce 0. This included hydro. where does a GDP of 8% stand? So our government’s paramount objective must be to provide adequate facilities for the generation. the Government can encourage people to install solar water heating and solar photovoltaic on their rooftop.asp C OAL P OWER P LANTS TO H ELP O VERCOME E NERGY C RISIS A high-powered World Bank delegation. held a meeting with Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah at Chief Minister House here on Monday. For thermal power we need to have more water resources like Dams and rivers etc. that’s why countries like Australia produce 77% of their electricity from coal. 2008 http://pakobserver. In the meeting Chief Minister informed the delegation that present government will fully implement the party manifesto and address to problems of people in the education.62 IPRI Factfile So on long term basis we need the national strategy to address the crises focuses to make use of all options to meet the current and future power requirements. out neighbour India is the world’s 4th largest wind power producer in the world!!! Shocking. it’s it. but alas. therefore Pakistani people are being blessed with the gift of load shedding with the advent of New Year! So. Fozia Shahnaz. And please don’t give me the crap about pollution. because work is being done to make it as pollution free as possible.2% of electricity from it! Coal is one of the cheapest ways to produce electricity. Pak Observer. May 23. Praful C Patel. We can use our nuclear power in peaceful means or purposes mainly in generating electricity.
Chief Secretary Fazal-ur-Rehman emphasized the need for paying attention on social sector together with special attention towards power generation.com. Secretary Irrigation & Power Shuja Junejo. Senior Minister Education Pir Mazharul Haq informed that Sindh province lags behind in the education & health sectors.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 63 He appreciated the World Bank's assistance program. in later governments was left unattended with the result that not only the countty but Sindh province specially suffered where industrial sector was badly affected. He said that previously. specially in rural areas. May 26. but the same. project under Sindh Development Forum was launched in the year 2001 and now a similar programme will be revived so as to achieve the targets of development in Sindh. Talking to a delegation . He said the project will also help overcome un-employment and bring prosperity and development in the area. Secretary (Services) Iqbal Durrani. 2008 http://www. He said that Shaheed Quaid Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had initiated a eight billion dollars power project for Sindh to generate 5000 MW of electricity. The WB Vice President for South Asia Region.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-englishonline/Business/27-May-2008/Coal-power-plants-to-help-overcome-energycrisis G OVT TO E NSURE I NDISCRIMINATE L OAD S HEDDING : PM Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Friday said the government would ensure that load shedding was done judiciously and without discrimination. Chief Minister spotlighted the importance of Thar Coal reserves and stressed that with coal based power plants. said that WorId Bank will fully assist in projects for of furtherance of education. The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Nazar Hussain Maher. Secretary Finance Ghulam Ali Pasha. particularly in education.nation. The Nation. Secretry Mines & Mineral Younis Dhaga and other senior officials. Secretary Education Rizwan Memon. health and power sectors. and people in remote areas were not unduly suffered. the power crisis in the country will be solved. Secretary Health Shafique Ahmed Khoso. water. World Bank team stressed the need for ensuring progress of community as other schemes are also implemented on matching grants with community/Government of Sindh to bear 50% expenses of the projects. strengthening and improving Irrigation system in Sindh and also support other sectors like health etc.
the government has taken several measures to improve the lot of the common man and rid them of the wheat and electricity shortages. .000 MW. usually for an hour at a time. should enable the country to take advantage of an extra hour of daylight in the evenings and save power. Pakistan is grappling with a shortfall of 4. Despite unenviable economic conditions. May 30. Water and Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said on the weekend the government planned to overcome power shortages within a year by generating an extra 6. Setting clocks forward by an hour. but abandoned it as many people. several times a day. Shopping centers have also been ordered to close at 9 p. a television producer in the southeastern city of Multan. particularly in rural areas. The Prime Minister said that the government is fully aware of the hardships being faced by the people. ignored the switch.64 IPRI Factfile of representatives belonging to different walks of life. Pakistan tried moving to daylight saving time in 2002. H OPES E LECTRICITY TO S AVE Pakistan put its clocks forward an hour on Sunday while shops have been ordered to close early as the country struggles with an acute electricity shortage. Half the people aren't aware of it and the other half don't care.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3985 6&Itemid=2 P AKISTAN P UTS C LOCKS F ORWARD . (1500 GMT) from Sunday while government offices have been told not to turn on the air conditioning for the first three hours of the working day.app. "It's bound to fail.m. to six hours ahead of GMT.500 MW of power and throughout the country electricity is cut. he said it would be ensured that load shedding is shared equitably and fairly by different parts of the country. … APP." said Adnan Hadi. He called upon the people to observe conservation measures and support government’s 100-day programme which focuses on better management of existing resources to overcome energy shortage in the country.pk/en_/index.com. 2008 http://www. he added. Some people doubted the time change would work this time.
textile workers staged violent protests against power cuts that have crippled their mills. In April. This will increase the cost of generating electricity since a significant amount of power is generated by oil-fired stations. How to deal with this problem? The question has some urgency as there are serious economic and social costs for letting the energy shortage go unaddressed. the price of oil continues to increase. In April. Power cuts. Much of the rest is generated by thermal stations. as well as food shortages and inflation. The decision to invite the private sector to invest in energy generation was taken in the early 1990s when the country was faced with a growing supply- . In May. 2008 will prove to be a long and hot summer.htm T HE O PTION FOR S OLAR P OWER For Pakistan. have fuelled anger and contributed to a landslide opposition victory in a February general election. Early this year. But no new capacity has been installed for the past decade despite strong growth and rising demand for power. The sector was an area of residual concern even when the country treated economic planning and strategising on economic issues as high priorities area for the policymakers. For some inexplicable reasons Pakistan never treated the energy sector as deserving of serious attention by the policymakers. The government estimates the supply-demand gap at 4000 MW. New records are being set almost every day. power interruptions had increased to seven hours a day. fuelled primarily by gas and oil. some of the major cities were being put through six hours of load shedding every day. China Post. Another hour may be added in June.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 65 He did not elaborate on how the extra power would be generated but officials have said Pakistan hoped to import second-hand generating equipment. Pakistan's installed capacity is about 19.com. This is not likely to be cut down since no new generation capacity is in the works for at least another one to two years.tw/asia/pakistan/2008/06/02/159152/Pakistan-puts. June 2. 2008 http://www. of which about onethird is produced by hydro-electric plants. the duration of load shedding will begin to increase again. In the meantime.chinapost. Power houses at Mangla and Tarbela were the byproducts of the Indus Water Treaty with India.845 MW. Some relief may come in July as the reservoirs begin to be filled up by the monsoon rains but once the dry season arrives. the government shut steel melting units across the country for two weeks and ordered hundreds of textile mills to reduce operations to cope with the power shortage.
a German company surpassed Sharp. Investors have come in from many countries including those from Canada. In other words. [But] it is a tricky transition. Norway and the United States. It is the third-largest producer of solar cells and modules. Thanks to the work done by Q-Cells. There is a crisis at this time. Surprisingly the answers come from the work being done in Germany. after China and Japan. the country should seriously examine alternative sources for generating electricity than those that have been tried in the past. a Japanese company. How will Islamabad react? This may be a good time to develop a comprehensive approach towards the sector. Although Germany is wreathed in clouds and is therefore an unlikely candidate for becoming a pioneer in this field.000 people now work in the photovoltaic industry in Germany. According to Mark Landler writing for The New York Times. to become the world’s largest manufacturer of photovoltaic solar cells.66 IPRI Factfile demand gap. In this context is solar energy a serious option for Pakistan? Have the recent technological advances achieved by the industrial world made the sun a viable source of energy for a sun-drenched country such as Pakistan? If the technology that converts solar energy into electric power still more expensive than other sources of energy could subsidies be provided to attract private investment into this sector? Some recent developments in converting solar power into electricity have begun to provide some answers to these questions. It is useful to look at the German experience to draw some lessons for Pakistan. All the heart of the debate in Germany is the Renewable Energy Sources Act which requires power companies to buy all the energy produced . more than 40. it has become a leader because of the design of public policy to encourage the use of the sun as a source for generating electricity. Once the United States and Japan were the rising solar stars where the private sector was taking advantage of government subsidies. It has about one-half of the world’s total installations. In looking at supply. Many investors have come from the places that had developed the needed technology but where the governments were less supportive than the one in Germany. the policymakers have turned to the sector of energy only when opportunities have arisen as a result of other developments or when there is a serious crisis. even with a sympathetic population. Germany has by far the largest market for photovoltaic systems which convert sunlight into electricity. “the debate over solar subsidies is a test of how an environmentally minded country can move from nurturing a promising alternative energy sector to creating a mass-market industry that can compete with conventional energy sources on its own footing. supply and environmental concerns. Q-Cells. factoring in policies aimed at affecting demand.” Thanks to a policy that encouraged the development of solar energy. In 2007. But these became less enticing as the government’s interest in developing the industry waned.
The share of solar energy is still very small – only 0. Two. There is also as effort to sharply reduce the above-market price allowed to the producers. The Act locked in the customer base for the electricity produced by alternative systems. By that time the solar industry will scale up to $185 billion in terms of public support. In 2007. The country gets only 1. it derived 14. Q-Cells is building one in Malaysia.5 percentage adopted by the European Union as a target. Signet is building its next factory in Chennai.528 hours of sunshine a year. ahead of the 12.200 and 2. less than a third of the total daylight hours. not only solar but also wind and ocean waves at a fixed. which now provide 6. allows them to pass on the additional cost to the consumers. The Renewable Energy Sources Act has contributed to the country’s far lower dependence on hydrocarbons for generating electricity.4 per cent for the total electricity produced in Germany.70 a month in 2007. This will double by 2014. The debate about the cost of solar and other renewable sources of energy has created pressures on the government to make the current law less generous.6 percent of the total.2 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources. This has proved to be powerful incentive for investors including those working with solar panels. Germany is a good example of how public policy can overcome natural disadvantages. are forcing some Germany companies to move to other countries. Fears that such proposals would be enacted into law. This is about the same amount being provided to the superannuated coal industry.500 hours of sun. This has caused utility bills to increase but for the time being by modest amounts for an average domestic consumer. 60 to 70 per cent more than that of Germany. Pakistan needs a structure of incentives to get power generated from such renewable sources as the sun. The additional cost was only $1. India. There are proposals to cut down the period over which subsidies would be provided. above-market price for 20 years. The German Act.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 67 by alternative systems. The amount of electricity generated by these systems rose 60 per cent in 2007 compared with 2006. Most of the increase has come from wind systems. The small share of solar is understandable. A purchase price guaranteed for a fairly long period that ensures good returns to the private sector would help. They can earn reliable returns on their investment. this may be a good time to encourage the development of domestic industry that would produce the needed . Most cities in Pakistan receive between 2. What are the lessons for Pakistan in the German experience and the work being done in other industrial countries? One. but it has one third fewer sunshine hours than in the cities in Europe along the Mediterranean and one-half of the cities in western United States. There is no limit on how much electricity can (or should) be purchased by the utilities from the alternative systems. from the current 20 to 15 years. London has about the same exposure to the sun. while mandating the utilities to buy the electricity generated by alternative systems.
men and specially children spent all their day waiting for the ‘fateful hour’ when they will witness a unique happening. it may be an appropriate time to fix some targets for encouraging the use of renewable sources for generating power. The technologies are still in their infancy and there is an opportunity for newcomers in the area to create niches for themselves. Saturday. this ‘brilliant’ figment of a very scientific mind was shoved down the throat of the people without assessing the ground realities in a land where the literacy rate is still under 23% even after six decades of independence. It needs a most of prior practice and a complete step-by-stepcampaign to get the people acclimatized with any new idea. On June 1. the two candidates for the Democratic ticket want renewable energy to generate 25 per cent of electricity by 2030. Some work is going to replace silicon in photovoltaic cells with plastics. 2008 http://www. .5 per cent. The list of confusions is considerably long since the people are not yet tuned up to the required level to except such ‘innovative & noble’ ideas as yet. Dawn. but as usual.68 IPRI Factfile equipment for developing generating electricity from renewable sources. Throughout the country the clocks directly jumped to 1 am immediately after 11 pm. In the United States. This is the time for action by the government and it should look at all possible avenues for solving the current crisis.dawn. the efficiency of plastic photovoltaic cells is only five per cent while that of conventional silicon cells is 15 to 18 per cent. All daylong women.htm A DVANCING OF C LOCKS C REATES C ONFUSION First of June was perhaps a very confusing day in the lives of the people as everything went almost haywire after the smaller hand of clock was forwarded one hour. 1st of June was a day in the history of Pakistan which had no mid night. At this time. The EU is working on a target of 12. Even countries such as Pakistan could invest in the industries needed to develop alternative sources for generating electric power. Three. June 2. Shahid Javed Burki. the clocks jumped an hour ahead to save the day light time and extract the maximum possible work potential but it brought a lot of confusion and inconvenience for the people of the country in general and the citizens of the Provincial Metropolis in particular. And while waiting anxiously for the night all eyes were regularly gazing on their watches and clocks religiously.com/2008/06/02/ebr8.
Energy Crisis in Pakistan 69 The most frequent questions asked by the kids were” What will happen to their school time tables? Will the van driver who picks and drops them also know about this change of time? Thousands of students appearing in the Lahore Board’s Secondary School Examination were utterly confused whether they would go for exams according to which time table since the board officials never bothered to send a public service message to this effect in the media. a miserable addition in the lives of the people. The other pinching aspect of the time change was the devastating effect of the load shedding the scorching heat since the clocks had gone forward which also ‘saved the heat of the sun’ and the sizzling day seemed quite long on 1st June to the poor folks. The patients who had appointments with the doctors also faced difficulties to get adjusted to the new ‘timings’.asp?id=116166 . However. The mindless load shedding in the city. the lights in various parts of the city went out due to the on-going load shedding. Many household were found groping in the dark for a candle since they had ignored this ‘after effect’ of modernity completely. June 2. The parents had to face confusion when they were making preparations for sending their children to school.pk/daily_detail.com. They argued that the people would have to change their daily schedules in a bid to maximum utilization of the sunlight energy. made this otherwise a productive and positive initiative on the part of the government.thenews. The News. The people habitual to say their five times prayers in mosques were also found confused. a permanent irritant in the lives of the people of Pakistan now. it is also felt by some segments of the society that by extending the time to another hour there will be an excessive hourly advantage for all those who know how to make good use of their time in productive and positive manner. Shahab Ansari. 2008 http://www. They urged the government to kick-start energy-related projects without any procrastination. the people were of the view that every good thing is not necessarily ‘good’ for every society since a society has to be brought to a certain level of awareness before being introduced to an innovative idea. Many Lahorites were of the view that the government should have taken initiatives to overcome the prevalent power crisis instead of forcing the whole nation to change the small hand of their watches an hour ahead. No sooner the clock struck midnight. All said and done. This was something not accounted for by the already anticipating public which had overlooked this ‘peace time blackout’.
especially orange and mangoes. June 3. the participants said Japan and Saarc member states should expedite energy cooperation in the region. He said by expanding rail network. Dawn.htm SAARC M EMBERS A SKED TO S IGN E NERGY T REATY Energy experts from Japan and member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Wednesday proposed the signing of an ‘Energy Charter Treaty’ to promote regional cooperation in energy sector. technical know-how. recognising the tremendous energy resource potential. Pakistan could export its fruits. needs. barriers and possible solutions must be mutually shared by the states. Responding a question.70 IPRI Factfile I RAN CAN H ELP P AKISTAN IN E NERGY S ECTOR Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mashallah Shakri has said his resource rich country can help Pakistan address its energy crisis in the long run. He said Pakistan produced two million tons of good quality kinnos that could be exported through rail network to Iran and Turkey. to Turkey via Iraq.com/2008/06/03/nat2. shipping and trade sectors in which both the countries can expand relations. He said with expansion of economic. and vital role of energy in economic. He said Pakistan had good manpower for shipping industry while Iran possessed good fleet and if the two countries formed a joint shipping company it would help enhance trading in the shipping sector. 2008 http://www. he said Tehran can initiate ventures with Pakistan other than the IPI (Iran-Pakistan-India) gas project to help Islamabad overcome its power crisis. They said the Saarc member states for this purpose should continue to make use of the technical assistance from bilateral and multilateral sources for capacity building.dawn. He said there were many fields of mutual interest especially in the culture. technology transfer. Information on progress. In their recommendations on the conclusion of the two-day JapanSAARC Symposium on Energy and Connectivity. he said both Pakistan and Iran were bounded in centuries-old relations due to similarities in their cultural. energy. energy efficiency and specific project formulation. Talking to this correspondent here. trade and tourists activities these relations could be further expanded and strengthened. human development and poverty reduction. social. religious and social traditions. . with greater sense of urgency.
June 12. and the Government of Japan. Islamabad. Research and Development. 2008 http://www. Japan and Saarc members should continue the dialogue for possible means and cooperation to improve regional connectivity in energy sector. India. adding that programmes and activities of Saarc Energy Centre should be strongly supported through provision of human. sharing of hydroelectric resources and demand-side management. regional trade of energy. technical and material resources. civil society and the media. Dawn. poor infrastructure and poor operational efficiency.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 71 According to the experts. unevenly distributed and undeveloped. Talking to journalists here. he added. The participants said Japan and Saarc member should make efforts to promote public awareness of the need for regional energy cooperation. financial. The symposium was jointly organised by the Institute of Strategic Studies. as well as audiences invited from various sectors in Islamabad. infrastructural. They were of the view that priority areas of energy cooperation in the Saarc region included energy infrastructure development. Sri Lanka. They said Saarc member states should consider establishing an intergovernmental framework for implementing the agreed programme of action in energy cooperation. Speaking at the concluding session of the symposium. Japan and the Saarc Energy Centre. secretary Water and Power. They stressed that the parties engaged in the current projects for constructions of gas pipelines connecting one or more Saarc countries to external energy sources in the region urgently address outstanding issues.dawn. the Maldives. Ismail Qureshi. the minister said only the privileged class using over 200 electricity units would share the burden while the deprived . and was attended by the energy experts and some government officials from Bangladesh. Cross-border investments in energy and promotion of regional energy trade are essential for achieving economic growth of the Saarc countries. They said efforts should be made for fostering private and public partnership. said that energy sources in Saarc region and its neighbours were huge.htm S UBSIDY ON U SE OF UP TO 200 P OWER U NITS S TAYS Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Monday said that the government would not withdraw subsidy on electricity up to 200 units to give relief to poor people.com/2008/06/12/nat9. Pakistan. The factors curtailing such regional cooperation are political tension. and cooperation with academics. Nepal.
com. The minister said sufficient amount has been allocated in the budget for the water and power sector keeping in view the increasing demand in these sectors. in an open kutchery the minister received applications from applicants and issued orders to the concerned officials on the spot. Earlier. 2008 http://www. Pervaiz Ashraf said that Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has approved an amount to bear expenditures on oil supply to thermal power plants for smooth functioning. The minister added additional power generation has been achieved through system optimisation. He said a major chunk of the export-oriented industry has been exempted from load-shedding while power supply is also being increased to other sectors. The temperature of the City has increased up to 37C as Karachiites suffered with sizzling heat till the evening and also faced unannounced load shedding in several localities. In Lyari and Chakiwara.500MW additional power has been added to the system due to sincere efforts of the government to overcome the situation. Addressing the party workers and applicants. He said due to the energy conservation plan additional power is being received while the government is also planning to get electricity from alternative and renewable energy resources. medium and long-term measures to combat the menace of load-shedding. Inhabitants of various localities act violently against the KESC officials and showed anger in many areas. The News.asp?id=118835 L OAD SHEDDING B ECOMES A N IGHTMARE FOR K ARACHIITES The Karachiites continue to suffer with prolonged power outage while riots erupted in various areas on Tuesday.thenews. June 17. He said power-looms are also being provided continuous spells of power to increase productivity.72 IPRI Factfile segment will be given subsidy. as this export-oriented industry is a major contributor to foreign exchange reserves. He said the country is facing severe power crisis and the government was taking short. He added in order to give boost to the agriculture sector 10 hours continuous power supply is being provided at night to get maximum production while the textile industry is also being provided 100 per cent supply of power. He said government would change the life of common man by giving basic amenities of life.pk/daily_detail. He said load-shedding hours would be reduced within a few days as 1. people . the minister said Pakistan Peoples Party’s government is committed to resolving the problems of country’s people.
"The entire locality belonged to middle class people. a resident. But workers have been asked to come in on Sunday and thus they are paying the price for KESC's bungles. The total demand of electricity has reached to 2500MW in the city due to the increasing temperature and KESC was lagging behind with 400 to 500MW. Most of the houses have no proper ventilation system thus load shedding brings severe problems for them. The residents of FB Area. was facing three hours load shedding for more than three times a day." Iqbal Khan.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-englishonline/Regional/Karachi/18-Jun-2008/Loadshedding-becomes-a-nightmare-forKarachiites . The situation was synonymous with the conditions in Mansehra Colony and Landhi. Life has become a nightmare." he said. Akhtar Colony.com. The Nation. an electrician at a cloth mill in Site Industrial Area said. especially toddlers." he said.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 73 protested against KESC and burnt tyres on the roads. "Most of the industrial units were forced to leave workers early due to power disturbance. comprising of over 50. Meanwhile. said that the entire locality. two units of Bin Qasim power plant remained close due to some technical faults and as far as restoration of supply from the units is concerned it would take three to four more days while the supply from KANNUP also couldn't be restored. KESC could not overcome the technical faults across the city and compelled the inhabitants to come on roads in protest against power outage. Gulshan-e-Iqbal. KESC had earlier announced five hours load shedding but committing 8 to 9 hours load shedding in various localities.000 residents. Even students are suffering as they can't study for their ongoing examinations. "KESC should pay more attention to the slums as people living in the City's affluent areas can afford generators. Punjab Colony. FC Area.nation. "The frequent load shedding has not only made our lives gloomy but has also disturbed the routine life. DHA. the power breakdowns didn't affect residents alone. and Gulistan-e-Johar also claimed of suffering 10 to 12 hours long load shedding. Malir." Furthermore. Mehmoodabad. but also affected the workers of different industrial zones. said Hassan Gul from Golden Town. Khurram Amman. Liaquatabad. June 18. The Lyariites were suffering with 12 to 15 hours long power outage due to some technical cable faults in the area. living in small houses. 2008 http://www. The worst affected are children. PECHS. Shah Faisal Colony.
sold it at Rs60 per litre against its official price of Rs52. Long queues of vehicles were seen outside petrol pumps Wednesday to get a few litres of diesel.” he urged.7 million litres.thenews. saying that it has seriously affected their business. He said the owners of the filling stations were faced with multiple problems and worried about the future of their multi-millions businesses. “The government pays huge amount to make the petroleum products available on subsidised rates to compensate the poverty-stricken citizens but the facility is not being availed by them after huge smuggling of subsidised petroleum to Afghanistan.pk/daily_detail. saying 90 per cent of the filling stations have been closed down due to nonavailability of the petroleum products. He said the filling stations of Pakistan State Oil (PSO). as around 90 per cent of the filling stations have been closed down due to the acute shortage of diesel.74 IPRI Factfile S EVERE F UEL C RISIS HITS F RONTIER Severe fuel crisis has hit the NWFP. he said. which. The diesel shortage continued in the province for several days. 2008 http://www. He held the Khyber Agency political administration responsible for the continued smuggling of petroleum products to Afghanistan. The filling station owners have also expressed serious concern over the shortage of POL. “These ghost companies get fuel on fake invoices and smuggle it through their agents. Mansoor also said the previous government had issued marketing licences to ‘ghost companies’ which had no storage depot and proper offices. therefore. Shell and Caltex companies across the province have 2. The News.com. June 19. A few filling stations where the commodity was available in a limited quantity. chief minister and political administration to take serious note of the fuel smuggling to Afghanistan via Khyber Agency to ensure availability of its required quantity in the filling stations. The Sarhad Petroleum Cartage and Dealers Association Wednesday voiced concern over petroleum products’ growing smuggling to Afghanistan. forcing most of the transporters to park their vehicles in their homes. He called upon NWFP governor. the government should take action against such companies. Qaiser Khan Afridi. However. allowed the smugglers to take the product across the border. the growing smuggling to Afghanistan reduced receipt of petroleum products to the oil companies to about 0.5 million litres per-day requirement.” SPCDA chairman Mansoor Sharif told a press conference here.Transport owners opined that the main cause of petroleum products shortage in the province was massive smuggling of the POL product to Afghanistan where minimum price of diesel is Rs75 per litre.asp?id=119363 .
Energy Crisis in Pakistan 75 S HORTAGE OF F UEL AT P ETROL P UMPS C AUSING C ONCERN There was a shortage of petrol and diesel at various petrol pumps in the city on Thursday. Garden Town. have stopped selling oil products in the city due to the shortage of supply since the last couple of days. the supply shortage has been reported in other cities of Sindh and NWFP. Besides Karachi. “The oil companies have reduced supplies by 50 percent. Daily Time. Model Town and other areas closed operations temporarily.asp?page=2008%5C06%5C20%5Cstory_20-62008_pg13_5 S HORTAGE OF P ETROL P RODUCTS T ORMENTING C ONSUMERS Several petrol pumps. the OMCs were not providing them enhanced products' when the demand was high. . A Cavalry Grounds petrol pump employee said that a shortage was persisting and therefore supplies to end users were not materialising. A couple of weeks earlier. President Petroleum Dealers Association Abdul Sami Khan had already warned the possible shortage at several petrol pumps as according to him.” he added. Some dealers also warned that their oil stocks have been diminished and left for a couple of days. Petrol pump officials said the reason for the shortage was that they were not receiving any supplies. The petrol pumps in Cavalry Grounds.dailytimes. They were reluctant to provide any details on this issue and passed blamed the OMCs. as they claim that they have not been paid for their product. particularly in those areas where the petrol pumps are in limited numbers. The supply should be resumed by the OMCs because the demand of diesel and petrol has surged on the petrol pumps on the back of shutting of other outlets and enhanced usage in power generators.pk/default. June 20. Many petroleum dealers said that they have not been receiving oil products from OMCs since last week that created petroleum shortage at the pumps. Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association President Majeed Malik said that oil companies had reduced supplies to dealers and it was causing problems. 2008 http://www. He said that the government owed billions of rupees to the oil companies and this had created problems for the end users. Majeed said that the government should come to the aid of users otherwise the shortage could cause huge problems for the people. affiliated with different Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs).com. The shortages of oil products at petrol pumps have caused consumers to suffer.
The supply from refineries has been reduced in the past few days that caused interruption in supply chain and would take time to come back on track. It said the share of PSO has increased to 71 percent of the total market share in June as compared to last month's share recorded at 59 percent. June 22. PSO said that private run-pump owners or dealers affiliated with other OMCs have been demanding oil products to the state-run OMC that caused supply shortage even on its own petrol pumps. 2008 http://www.76 IPRI Factfile Normally.pk/default. The shortage of metres has created serious inconvenience to those who have deposited their money to the LESCO for replacement of metres or for getting new connections.dailytimes. petrol pumps have a storage capacity of 20 to 25 days in the oil tanks. However. Spokesman of Shell Pakistan Limited (SPL) Abid Syed Ibrahim said the OMCs continue constant supply to its affiliated dealers throughout the country and it has stopped products' supply to those dealers who did not clear their advance payments to OMCs. A number of complainants termed the shortage a criminal negligence on part of the company. They said the LESCO was already known for disturbing its consumers in one way or the other and presently the general perception of the people about the company was that the officer class . claimed that they have been facing diesel supply constraints from refineries. Shortage of these items clearly exposed the claims of the LESCO that it was investing a huge sum on improving its infrastructure and better customer services for the last two years. Daily Times. Sources said that the shortage of domestic metres.com. Muhammad Yasir. electricity cable and transformers started some five months back and since then the company was failed to procure these most necessary items. the shortage has been predicated to continue in the coming days because OMCs. Sources said the shortage was a direct result of lack of vision and future planning of the management especially the high-ups. Sources in the company claimed that more than 30. particularly Pakistan State Oil (PSO).asp?page=2008%5C06%5C22%5Cstory_22-62008_pg5_4 N O E ND TO E LECTRICITY M ETER S HORTAGE Shortage of domestic electricity metres continued in the provincial capital as the management of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) failed to procure the most necessary item on time. an official said on condition of anonymity.000 applications for the issuance of new electricity metres were pending with the company.
while the authorities were taking no action against them.000 liters of diesel. another leader of local transporters.pk/daily_detail. Whoever is responsible for this should be punished.asp?id=119965 P ESHAWAR T RANSPORTERS T HREATEN D EPOTS TO B ESIEGE O IL Transporters claim pumps are selling the commodity at R s65/liter Local transporters Monday threatened to besiege oil depots and filling stations in Peshawar if the authorities failed to take prompt and effective measures to overcome the prolonged “artificial” diesel crisis in the province. Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and Federal Minister for Water and Power to hold an inquiry into the issue. A senior LESCO official. where per liter price of the commodity is Rs 75. Haji alleged the pump owners had a daily quota of getting 10. Jehangir Afridi.thenews.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 77 of the company was not purchasing metres and transformers because they have not gotten a ‘good deal’ from the manufacturers. The News. He said he applied for a new connection some three months back but still he was going to the sub division every day to get a metre. the LESCO field staff is openly exploiting the applicants and minting money from them for getting them metres early. Most of the applicants urged the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). said that every subdivision needed average 500 electricity metres per month but presently the company was providing them with four to five metres per week. the call on the mobile phone of LESCO Chief Executive Akram Arain was not attended. He said it would be overcome within weeks. Following the shortage. said Khurram. He said many others were also running pillar to post to get new metres in the same sub division. He added the petrol pump owners were fleecing by selling the commodity to them at Rs 65 per liter against its official price of Rs 50. on the condition of anonymity.com. said the diesel smuggling to Afghanistan was continued unabated without any check on it. The company’s PRO admitted that the shortage was going on. 2008 http://www. a resident of Faisal Town. Expressing his concern over the continued diesel shortage in the province. June 23.When contacted. but they were purchasing only 4000 and selling the remaining quota to the depots that smuggle it to Afghanistan. president of public transport owners association (legal) Haji Ihsanullah said 50% of the transport-vehicle owners have parked their vehicles in their homes due to prevailing shortage. He .
At last in one of the pumps. they would be compelled to besiege the petrol pumps and oil depots and the authorities would be responsible for consequences. its price was showing upward trend.asp?id=120209 D IESEL S HORTAGE A FFECTING O PERATION W ELLS . the owner agreed to give limited quantity at Rs 60/liter while its official price was Rs 50. An extreme shortage of diesel was also witnessed in cotton growing areas of Southern Punjab in the last couple of days.com. He demanded of the authorities to take effective measures to control smuggling. Idrees Khokhar said the hoarders have done an artificial shortage of diesel to force the government to increase the prices of petroleum products and a summary has already been placed on the table of prime minister for approval. Daily Times learnt Thursday. especially rice and wheat. It merits a mention here that Frontier was faced with acute shortage of diesel for the past two weeks. the agriculture sector stakeholders said. adding to the miseries of the commuters. The sowing of rice is round the corner while cotton sowing is already going on in a number of districts.7 million tube-wells while 0. . The shortage of diesel mainly persists in Punjab province as the oil companies have stopped the supply of diesel to the petrol pumps.5 million tractors have stopped”.pk/daily_detail. Abdur Rasheed. He said the government should look into the matter otherwise the farmers will fail to continue their cultivation and the country may face shortage of every kind of crop. the long route transporters have also increased fares. The News. otherwise. said he visited more than ten pumps to get some diesel. Due to diesel crisis and unofficial increase in its price. saying despite the fact that CNG was produced in the country.78 IPRI Factfile lamented the increase in the price of CNG. a private car owner. T RACTORS : F ARMERS OF T UBE - The farmers are facing problems in running tube wells and tractors due to the shortage of diesel. The vehicle owners had to struggle hard to get some liters of the commodity on higher price. “The farmers of Punjab were the main affectees due to the shortage of diesel and non-availability of diesel has shut down more than 0. June 24. 2008 http://www. A spokesman of Farmers Association of Pakistan (FAP). while the shortage would have a negative impact on the sowing of rice and cotton crops.thenews. where he was told that it was not available.
until a shortage of 100 MW at around 1:00 p. “The PEPCO administration approached KESC with a request to accept a shortage of 100 MW for the time because of technical problems but the KESC management declined to accept this excuse. Daily Time. taking it to a peak of 90 MW in a few days.dailytimes.m.com. Flaws in the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) transmission cables connected to KANUPP through the national grid caused the 80MW shortage. It is sowing season of cotton in the southern Punjab areas and these two things are the backbone of agriculture farming and if these are not available then one can easily imagine what would be the future of crops. 2008 as well for the same reason. However. but the recent tripping has made this doubtful. He said the companies have strictly asked the owners of petrol pumps and dealers not to give diesel in drums and gallons. KANUPP resumed its supply of 70 MW to KESC through the national grid by 10:30 p. while the companies have also supply the diesel against the demand of the pump owners. causing a shortage. The senior vice president of Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association..pk/default. Ibrahim Mughal said if the government failed to solve shortage of diesel issue. “KANUPP had planned to increase its contribution. Wednesday. Hasan Ali. a KESC general manager (GM) told Daily Times. the farmers would fail to sow the rice in the coming sowing season.asp?page=2008%5C06%5C27%5Cstory_27-62008_pg5_3 L OAD S HEDDING I NCREASES AS KANUPP T RIPS A GAIN The duration of load shedding suddenly increased from Wednesday night after the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) suddenly tripped. The Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) is also experiencing some technical problems in its generation system. Wednesday.” The supply from PEPCO continued at 500 MW without any disruption till 11:00 a. Chaudhry Muhammad Sadiq said the oil companies have stopped the supply of diesel to the petrol pumps. June 27. described the GM. 2008 http://www.” the KESC GM said.m. Reports from a private television channel late night Thursday said that two units at the Bin Qasim Thermal Power Plant had tripped due to a gas . There have been eight such incidents since January and last year it happened 11 times. KANUPP tripped on May 19. There was an additional shortage of 300 MW to 350 MW the same day.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 79 Chairman Agri Forum.m.
A few stations.dailytimes.000 litre to 7.pk/default. These reports are. some fuel station operators said the government wanted to buy diesel from oil marketing companies at old rates while fuel prices have gone up in the international market.” he said. There are around 24 fuel stations in Islamabad and over 50 in Rawalpindi. June 27.com. Diesel shortage has been prevailing since revision of oil prices by OGRA last time. where diesel is sold. 2008 http://www. June 28. “It is really difficult to get diesel these days so I have minimised use of fuel in my car. “Diesel supply has been cut by half at Sihala and Chaklala for the last two weeks by oil marketing companies. Requesting not to be named. They said the government had delayed payment of billions of rupees to oil companies.dailytimes. Daily Times.80 IPRI Factfile turbine leak. manager of a fuel station in F-8 Markaz. are selling it only if a consumer agrees to buy mobile oil with it. Akbar Mian. which have this commodity. the KESC GM added. 2008 http://www. a public transport driver. Sale of petroleum products in open containers has been banned by the government to counter terrorism.asp?page=2008%5C06%5C28%5Cstory_28-62008_pg11_11 F REQUENT P OWER S HUTDOWNS B RINGING G RADES D OWN * Students say they cannot study properly in dim light * PU boarder says weather problems increase when there is no water * Teachers say relief being given to students following power crisis . Ghulam Abbas. told Daily Times on Friday.pk/default. however. “We want to install a diesel generator in the face of load shedding but we cannot run it because of diesel shortage.” Hanif Gujjar. Daily Time.050 MW. putting motorists in a fix.asp?page=2008%5C06%5C27%5Cstory_27-62008_pg7_27 F UEL S TATIONS R UN S HORT OF D IESEL Fuel stations have run short of diesel. incorrect as all six BQTPS are operating and generating around 1.” said a citizen. a worker at a petrol pump in Sector F-7. Atif Khan.000 litre a day.com. “Diesel is available only at 15-20 percent fuel stations but their owners are compelling motorists to buy mobile oil or any other commodity if they have to get diesel. said diesel supply at his station had come down from 14. said diesel supply had been delayed for long.” a motorist said.
which was impossible with no electricity in town. The students of intermediate. A number of institutions in the city did not give summer holidays to their students. and the Punjab University (PU) are still open and holding exams. as they had switched to the semester systems and were conducting examinations. “It becomes difficult to sit in the examination rooms due to the heat and poor light. Moreover. said that semester examinations were ongoing at different departments of the university. and others for the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) and Central Superior Services (CSS) examinations have also denounced the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and the government for not complying with the students’ demand of uninterrupted supply of electricity. Teachers also said that they had problems giving lectures during load shedding. Zara. as it gave them a headache and had affected their eyesight. She said that students were also having trouble preparing for the exams. Students enrolled in semester system courses. preparing for their practicals.” she said. Institutes like the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU).Energy Crisis in Pakistan 81 * Computer labs at GCU and LCWU closed down during load shedding * Students not expecting good results owing to poor preparation The hours-long load shedding in the city is giving a tough time to students. as they could not frame a proper timetable for studies owing to unplanned and massive load shedding. during the ongoing examinations. said that students had no choice but prepare for their exams in candlelight during load- . Water shortage: Jawaria Ahmed. especially those studying computers and other sciences. said that they had an extra burden of studies owing to the semester system. but the systems were not being used. They said that they could not study properly in the dim light and under hot and humid weather. Beaconhouse National University and FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences are still due at the institutes for their assignments and research works. adding that there were no power generators at the university to facilitate the student. They said that they had to make presentations and submit term reports and assignments. They said that they had been compelled to take classes and sit in examinations with no electricity in the rooms. a student of BS (Honours) at the LCWU. Forman Christian College University (FCCU). especially schoolchildren. the students of Kinnaird College. but we cannot do anything about it. and usually there was no electricity during the examination. Government College University (GCU). a PU Hostels boarder. Students said that massive load shedding in the last few months had adversely affected their studies. Some students also said that their schools/colleges had power backup systems.
“I personally believe that students are suffering the most due to the energy crises. but now the computer labs are often closed due to the load shedding and we have to suffer.” she said. which they could not do properly at the time of load shedding. She said that teachers had also been suffering for the last many months because they usually used projectors to deliver lectures.82 IPRI Factfile shedding hours. He said that students could not prepare for their exams properly. said that power failure had always been a problem for students. said that students in his department did most of their work on computers.” she said.” he said. “They have complained that students are unable to concentrate . preparing for his CSS exams. Another teacher at the university said that the authorities there too had directed the computers and science departments to shut down computer labs and laboratories during load shedding out of fear of getting equipment damaged. He said that parents were concerned about the progress of their children. Adeel Anjum. “Neither the students. “We have to prepare our assignments and need the Internet for that. students who have not submitted their research work are still coming. nor the teachers are satisfied with their progress. Facilitating students: BNU Communication Adviser Arfa Sarfraz said. adding that late submission of assignments was also affecting their grades. intermediate. We have kept this thing in mind before setting up question papers. and bachelor examinations during load-shedding hours. An official of the Lahore College of Arts and Sciences (LACAS) said that students there had suffered a lot during examination days due to frequent power shutdowns. adding that every second student had the excuse that he/she could not complete the research work due to load shedding.” he said. said. He said that the graph of quality education might fall due to energy crises. a GCU student. due to which they were not expecting good results. as we are not allowed to go out in the nighttime.” she said. but now it had become difficult for them to focus on their studies due to frequent power failure as they could not sit in libraries for long hours without electricity and cooling system. Tayyab Bhatti. Expectations not high: Asim Khan.” Khansa Nazim. “The administration knows that students are disturbed due to load shedding. “The situation gets worse when the hostels run out of water. but the administration of the GCU had issued orders to close the computer labs at the time of load shedding. and that thousands of students in the city had taken their matriculation. said that students taking the exams usually went to libraries for preparations. “Although we have closed the university for summer holidays. a Ravian studying computer sciences. an LCWU faculty member.
” The informal June 22 meeting of representatives of governments and the major oil companies in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah called for more investment in crude production. He said that the school administration was trying to remove the parents’ concern by installing UPS systems and generators at various branches of LACAS. Kuwait. Ecuador. our economies have become addicted to oil.” Víctor Poleo. Adnan Lodhi. 2008 http://www. under Opec. which are driven by factors other than supply and demand.” he said. in the new system. which account for over 75 per cent of global proven oil reserves. In Poleo’s view. Spain’s Minister of Trade and Industry Miguel Sebastián said that “after enjoying 15 years of low prices.asp?page=2008%5C06%5C28%5Cstory_28-62008_pg13_9 N EW E NERGY O RDER BY bringing together the world’s major oil producers and consumers in Jeddah.” he added. Venezuelan lawyer Juan Pablo Pérez . the increase is of the same magnitude. Iraq. Nigeria. Saudi Arabia perceives “the beginning of a transition stage to a new power order in the world energy system. Referring to the Jeddah meet. June 28. Daily Times. commented to IPS. a Venezuelan professor of graduate studies in the oil economy. Libya. Saudi Arabia. Indonesia. “the global energy system is witnessing the emergence of a new order. Angola. which is global capital. the level of prices hovered around 70 dollars a barrel. at the 19th World Petroleum Congress.dailytimes.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 83 on their studies due to hot and humid weather conditions.” Opec is made up of Algeria. Iran.pk/default. Saudi Arabia marked a turning point in the negotiations for a new global energy order that is emerging under the weight of soaring oil prices. and the governments of the Group of Eight (industrial powers). and the world is not prepared for the challenge of a steady rise in prices. where futures trading is helping to drive prices up. because a significant portion of the price would seem to obey market laws that are not its own.com. Qatar. the new actor. In the old one. the Caracas newspaper El Nacional pointed out that the “father of Opec”.” said Poleo. The price of oil “can no longer be dictated by Opec. Producer and consumer nations and companies will meet again in Madrid next week. as well as greater transparency in oil markets. United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. “It could be asked whether the 140 dollars per barrel price can be negotiated between Opec (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries). and in late 2008 in London. crude oil prices broke through the 140-dollar a barrel barrier for the first time.” and the decisions taken by Saudi Arabia “form part of the new talks. On Thursday.
” he added. to the benefit of these interests. while global demand amounts to 86 million barrels. Libya is also fighting a US law that allows the families of victims of state-sponsored terrorism to go to court and seek the seizure. said his country was studying the possibility of cutting output to protest a bill under debate in the US Congress that would empower the Justice Department to sue Opec members for limiting oil supplies. June 30. Venezuela was the world’s leading oil exporter. the head of Libya’s National Oil Corporation. Opec Secretary General Abdalla Salem el-Badri said the organisation planned to invest 160 billion dollars over the next five years to raise production by five million barrels a day. of any asset owned by the terrorist-sponsoring country.84 IPRI Factfile Alfonzo. These remarks pushed prices up to a record high above 142 dollars a barrel by Friday. in the meantime. global capital is financing its positioning with regard to the shifts occurring in the global energy scenario.5 to 9. while biofuels have meant that food and energy markets are increasingly integrated. winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for economics. known back then as the “seven sisters”. The corporations that controlled the oil business. wrote earlier this month that “Only new patterns of consumption and production — a new economic model — can address that most fundamental resource problem. “Two factors set off today’s crisis: the Iraq war contributed to the run up in oil prices. or of money from those governments that is held by US companies doing business with them. US economist Joseph Stiglitz. Meanwhile.com/2008/06/30/op. are raking in tens of billions of dollars each. although analysts say oil prices will inevitably come down.dawn. Iraq. 2008 http://www. Kuwait and Venezuela went on to found Opec in 1960 in Baghdad. as punitive damages and compensation.htm#top . as indicated by its unilateral decision to boost output from 9.7 million barrels a day as of July. At the time. Dawn. said Poleo. which sent from Jeddah a message to its fellow Opec members that it will not favour a rise in prices. proposed half a century ago the creation of an organisation of producers and consumers that would regulate the world oil market. Iran. With these profits. The members presently pump 32 million barrels a day. scorned the proposal. and Saudi Arabia. The big oil companies. Humberto Márquez. The price bubble continues to swell. a position that was taken over and has been held for decades by Saudi Arabia. Shokri Ghanem.
Under the existing petroleum policy. the first priority will now be given to power plants. Sources told Dawn that the decision was taken recently by the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet because of the increasing dependence on imported furnace oil for power generation and little progress made in the development of water and coal-based projects. Next on the priority list are gas supplies for independent power producers and gas utilities which have historic agreements for firm supplies. Pakistan had to pay about $13 billion on account of oil imports during the last financial year.5 per cent share.4 per cent and cement 0. followed by fertiliser plants. households 18 per cent. Wapda. Last year. followed by the industrial sector with 23. The government understands that if fresh gas arrivals are not dedicated to the power sector the oil import bill could touch $20 billion this financial year. fresh gas supplies from new fields will not be available for domestic and commercial consumers.8 per cent. Likewise. followed by power companies having firm gas sale agreements.9 per cent. . fertiliser 15. and it is estimated to keep rising because of record oil prices in the international market. which did not have firm gas supply commitments.2 per cent as the previous government concentrated on providing gas connections to the domestic sector and promoting CNG for transport.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 85 P OWER P LANTS T OP G AS S UPPLY P RIORITY L IST The government has decided to give priority to the power sector in allocation of fresh gas supplies in view of the continuous rise in the oil import bill and the resultant increase in power tariffs. domestic and commercial consumers get the first priority. accounting for a 33.6 per cent. At present.5 per cent. Consumption in the power sector declined by about 1. followed by the general industrial sector and compressed natural gas (CNG) stations. the power sector is the largest user of gas. household consumption grew by12 per cent and fertiliser 3. KESC and captive power plants. transport 5. As a result. gas from new fields which are not linked to the national transmission system is supplied to the fertiliser sector as a priority. used to be on the fifth position and the cement sector was the last on the list. consumption of gas in the transport sector increased by 28 per cent. In this case too. The first priority now will be the power sector whenever gas supplies are available from new fields.
the PPP government had invested $5 billion in the power sector. July 10. according to him.com/2008/07/10/top4. A formal notification to this effect has been issued by the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. 2008 http://www. Dawn. a provincial minister. he said during the rule of the last government.com/2008/07/10/nat13.86 IPRI Factfile Now the government is trying to put the CNG in the back seat along with the domestic sector to make sure that maximum supplies are made available for po0wer generation. July 10. a Chinese company had written some 60 letters to the petroleum ministry but when no response was received. http://www. In his first interaction with the ethnic media at the High Commission on Tuesday. it withdrew from the country. the authority will comprise the federal minister and secretary of water and power. Headed by Sindh chief minister. . the newly-appointed Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan said the government was attaching top priority to resolving the power crisis. Mr Hasan said since then not a single megawatt had been added to the grid which. He recalled that during the last government of Benazir Bhutto.dawn. 2008 R ESOLVING P OWER C RISIS A P RIORITY The coalition government has undertaken a series of initiatives to steer the country out of the debilitating power crisis and the country will overcome electricity shortage within a couple of years.dawn.htm A UTHORITY S ET U P FOR T HAR C OAL M INING The federal government has set up a provincial coal authority by abolishing two federal and provincial agencies to expedite mining and development of Thar and other coal deposits in Sindh. Dawn. Sindh chief secretary and the managing director of the Thar Coal Authority. technically empowering the provincial government to take all decisions relating to coal development and power generation in consultation with provincial and federal agencies.000 megawatts to the national grid.htm Khaleeq Kiani. On the exploration of Thar coal. leading to the addition of 4. He blamed former senator Saif-ur-Rehman for hounding out the foreign investors who were willing to invest further in the power sector in Pakistan. had led to the present crisis.
a joint venture of federal and Sindh governments. He said hurdle delaying the project had been removed with the centre agreeing to a “supporting role” for itself in the $1. It will be an integrated power plant which will generate its first megawatt in six years. The authority will also be required to attract investment for coal mining and gasification in Thar and other areas in province for power generation. a provincial agency. The authority will function as one-stop organisation on behalf of all ministries. Shenhua of China and Hasan Associated of Pakistan because they were demanding a tariff which kept on increasing from 5 cents to 9 cents for the development of each megawatt and that too without having any back-up data relating to the project. July 10.com/2008/07/10/nat11. research and development and gasification.dawn.5 billion project and letting the Sindh administration “spearhead” and sort out all issues relating to the project.htm . leasing and sub-leasing of Thar coal area. departments and agencies of the federal and provincial governments for mining. mainly to expedite the setting up of a 1000MW coal-fired power plant. Ihtasham ul Haque.Energy Crisis in Pakistan 87 The authority came into being after the abolition of the Sindh Coal Authority (SCA). 2008 http://www. It will also be responsible for development of clean coal technologies. A senior government official told Dawn that the federal government had “handed over” the development of Thar coal project to the Sindh government. development. and Thar Coal Mining Company. He regretted that the project could not be set up by the RWE company of Germany.1 billion. He said the mining of Thar coal would cost $400 million and the power plant $1.
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