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International Conference On Logistics And Supply Chain Management
Press Release
 
International Conference On Logistics And Supply Chain Management
Govt’s Negligence causing loss of 2% of GDP annually

Karachi: Pakistan ’s leading logistics and supply chain management experts have observed that the government’s lack of support to the logistics and supply chain management has been causing a loss of 2 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per annum.

They were addressing participants of 1st International Conference and Exhibition on Logistics and Supply Chain Management jointly organized by Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA), Air Cargo Agents Association of Pakistan (ACAAP) and Publicity Channel here at a local hotel on Tuesday. Vice President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industries Iftikhar A. Malik inaugurated conference. Iftikhar A. Malik, while speaking as chief guest, termed the logistics and supply chain as the lifeline of economy in the country. He said that floods had damaged the road infrastructure, which inflicted a heavy loss on road transportation of goods.

However, he also expressed his concern over lack of initiative on the part of business community to improve the air, sea, and rail and road logistics and supply chain system in the country. He urged the private sector to get up and face the challenges rather than looking for shortcuts whether the government would come forward and strengthen the logistics and supply chain management in the country. “If a warehouse can be established across the border, then why freight forwarders are sleeping here,” he wondered, adding that business community needed to minimize the inventory and become doer and deliverer.

While outlining the problems faced by the logistics and supply chain management, Moin Ahmad Malik, a leading logistics expert and former PIFFA Chairman, revealed that India had been ranked on top as the logistics hub owing to implementation of government’s supportive policies and decisions taken at the right time, while Pakistan was positioned at the bottom among the attractive logistics hub in the South East Asian countries. Although the trade with India will open opportunities but, he believed, the border facilities were least facilitating the regional trade. He said that the imports were much higher than exports causing trade deficit.

He said that Railways couldn’t even cater passenger transportation leave alone freight transportation within the country. He said that the only available option of goods transportation was through trucking system, which he believed, had also been disintegrated after the present government withdrew previous government’s waiver of 16 to 17 per cent on trucking, which increased the cost per trucking unit up to 100 per cent i.e. Rs 1.7 million per year. He said that trucking was an un-organized sector and corporate sector was not ready to take over this mode of transportation for the simple reason that government had completely ignored this sector.

“The government policies reflect progress one step forward and five steps back in this sector,” he said, adding that rising cost of fuel/diesel and electricity coupled with decades old trucks and bad road infrastructure were badly hurting the progress of this sector.

He said that up to 30 to 35 per cent of the perishable goods like fruits and vegetables during transportation from farm to market were lost due to lack of cold chain system. He emphasized the need to prepare trained human resource by establishing vocational training institutes to streamline road transportation sector in the country.He stressed the need to make legislation to regulate carriage of goods through air, sea, rail and road routes within and outside the country. “It will help put in place a regulatory mechanism for transport logistics and supply chain in the country,” he stressed, and urged the government to recognize the freight forwarding as an industry.

Tahir Malik, Chairman ACAAP, also criticized the government for failing to cater to improve the air freight to support business community, which was contributing billions in taxes every year. He said that the national carrier didn’t have a single cargo aircraft, no proper cargo complex was built in Pakistan till 2001 in addition to non-availability of shells at air freight units for perishable goods, which resulted in decay of a large quantity of items like mangoes and kinnos as well as pilferage.

Due to lack of facilitation in air freight by the government, he said that the business community was inclined to go for foreign carriers and providing a business of $ 1.5 billion per annum to various foreign airlines. He stressed the need to establish a proper cargo complex to house costly export goods including leather, textile, surgical and sports goods as well as livestock. He emphasized upon the government to take this industry seriously to generate revenues and also recognize freight business as an industry. “We can become world leader in air freight due to government’s support but are lagging far behind due to lack of it,” he lamented. Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President Irfan Q. Shaikh also stressed the need to remove impediments in the way of logistics and supply chain management, which would be of paramount importance in trade with India and Afghanistan . “The role of trucking will increase up to four times with the collapse of rail freight in the country,” he added.

However, he stressed upon the private sector to take over freight trains to avail the cheapest mode of cargo transportation, which would also improve the networking in rural and urban areas in the country. Muhammad Nadeem Khan, another leading logistics expert, underlined the need to follow the modern trends and technologies to facilitate the consumers and capture the market. He advised the traders and business community to facilitate the customers on the Internet, social networking sites with relevant information and form virtual and digital contacts to meet the market requirements in a more effective manner. He was also of the view that attacks on NATO containers on the way were extremely disastrous for the poor transporters because such acts of sabotage were not doing any harm to NATO, which made payments to the transporters after reaching the destination.

Besides, Vice President FPCCI Amir Atta Bajwah, Chairman PIFFA Asim Saeed Khan, President SCAP Muhammad Qayser Alam, Publicity Channel CEO Naeem Qureshi, Conference Director Mehmood Tareen, Amer Zafar Durrani and others also addressed, while experts of various relevant businesses attended the conference. Besides, various leading national logistics and supply chain management companies set up their stalls on the occasion.


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2nd International Power Generation Conference
2008 Karachi Pakistan.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Govt. can cancel land lease wind power projects which failed to show progress in a given time, Askari Taqvi

 

KARACHI - Sindh Minister for Environment and Alternate Energy Askari Taqvi said Tuesday that the government can cancel land lease of those wind power projects which failed to show progress in a given time. He was speaking at the inauguration of 2nd international conference on power generation POWERGEN 2008, organized by Energy Update magazine at a local hotel.

He said that Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan has informed him during a recent briefing on wind power at Governor House that land of those projects will be given to other interested wind mills. The minister said that Sindh Governor has expressed his disappointment over the delay in the implementation of wind power projects who had been given land on coastal belt.

Taqvi said the Governor has asked him to submit a report in ten days about the progress of wind mill projects. He pointed out that more than two dozen wind power projects have been granted land to generate 1000 MW of electricity but only one investor Zorlu Energy belonging to Turkey has started work at the site. He noted that lack of will on the part of wind mill investors was the major reason for delay in the implementation of power projects.

Syed Asad Ali Shah, member of the Thar Coal Energy Board, said that Thar coal deposits were not only a vital indigenous resource, but also had the capability to solve Pakistan’s economic problems. He advocated that in future energy should entirely be based on hydel and coal powers.

“Since the root-cause of Pakistan’s economic crisis is foreign currency shortage/ external account deficits due to a flawed energy policy, Pakistan,” he said, “needs to work on an export enhancement and import substitution strategy by ensuring an enhanced use of indigenous resources in everything.” Arguing the case for making the maximum and quick use of the Thar coal to turn around Pakistan, Mr Shah disagreed with the argument against the quality of the deposits, and said the World Bank and other international donors had shown keen interest in them.

Earlier, chief executive of AEDB Arif Alauddin in his keynote address said that wind hydel power projects were costing 7 to 8 cents per kilowatts whereas thermal power projects touch 38 to 40 cents per kilowatts. Ibrahim Saeed of Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) pointed out that 56 projects worth $ 14 billion to produce 15,000 MW were in the pipeline. He said Thar coal was sufficient to produce 100,000 MW of power for several decades. He said that western countries were producing electricity with lesser quality coal than Thar lignite.

Chairman of Associate Group and Guest of Honor Iqbal Z Ahmed suggested to create a dedicated fund of $ 300 to 500 million to encourage alternate energy projects over thermal energy. He said government should give a deal to new coal power energy projects so that they could not refuse the offer. He said that three power project of his group will start producing more than 500 MW electricity by June next year.

Earlier, chairman National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) and former chairman PPMA Dr Qaiser Waheed in his welcome address highlighted the importance of energy conference while managing editor Energy Update Naeem Qureshi presented a vote of thanks.

During technical sessions, Member Thar Coal Energy Board Asad Ali Shah, vice chancellor Hamdard University Dr Naseem Ahmed, consultant and chairman Pakistan Academy of management Science Dr Sajid Husain, Ibrahim Saeed Director Private Power Infrastructure Board, Aqeel Hussain Alternative Energy Development Board, Prof. Amir Haider, Mian Sohail, Kazi Kulkadar Siddiqui, Saleem Qureshi and Gul Mohammad Lot Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh also spoke during various technical sessions.

 

5th LPG Conference April 2011 at Islamabad
 

   
 
 
5th LPG ExpoCon -2011 Pakistan
Call for Papers
LPG Association of Pakistan, in collaboration with Energy Update magazine and Publicity Channel, is proud to organize  and co-host the5th International Exhibition & Conference on LPG Industry; 5th LPG ExpoCon to be held on  April,07 2011 at Hotel Marriott  Islamabad –Pakistan. The event is supported by the World LP Gas Association and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources

Call for Abstracts:

The Organizing Committee (of what??) invites Speakers to submit the abstracts of their papers for consideration. The presentation / papers are to reflect the theme of the conference "LPG: Exceptional Energy". Papers are invited from LPG Producers, Marketers, Government Bodies, Manufacturers of Equipments, Traders, Third Party Inspectors, and others addressing any of the following topics:
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The Global and Local Outlook for LPG
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The Role of Government Policies in Promoting the Use of LPG in Pakistan

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Developing new markets for LPG

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Product Development and Innovative Solutions for the LPG Market
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Autogas; Prospects and Challenges
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LPG and Microfinance Activities
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Safety Standards for the LPG Industry
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Abstracts:

Speakers are invited to submit abstracts of maximum 350 words on the relevant topic by March 22, 2011 to the Conference Organizer. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, and will require JavaScript to be enabled to view it. The abstract must include the speaker/author(s) name, organization or affiliation name, addresses, phone and email contact details.

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Language:
Proceedings of the conference will be presented in English only
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Presentation Time:
The speakers will be given 20 minutes for their respective presentations during the conference. Subsequently, there will be a moderated question and answer session.
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Key dates:

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Submission of abstract – March 22, 2011.
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Acceptance of abstracts advised – March 24, 2011.
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Submission of final papers and presentation to conference organizers – March 28, 2011 All Presentations must be in   Power Point.
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The Conference Organizer reserves the right to accept or reject the abstracts submitted.
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The address of the conference organizer is:
Chairman Conference Committee 5th LPG ExpoCon
# 309, 3rd floor, Al-Sehat Centre Hotel Regent Plaza
Shahrah-e-Faisal Karachi ( Pakistan )
Tel: +9221-565-3676, Cell:+9223002068048
Fax: +9221-5651797.
Email : Publicitychannel@yahoo.com
www.energyupdate.com.pk
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4th International PowerGen Pak 2011 Conference & Exhibition

   
 

World Infrastructure Summit


 

Date:   29 November 2010 to 01 December 2010   
Website:   www.worldinfrasummit.com
Location:    Barcelona, Spain  

In a world with increasingly fluctuating infrastructure requirements, constantly evolving financing and funding models and a desperate need to bridge the gap between supply and demand, the World Infrastructure Summit brings together global leaders, decision makers and technical and financial specialists for the most comprehensive overview of the world’s biggest infrastructure projects

Infrastructure Journal and New Civil Engineer in collaboration with MEED and Construction News have banded together for the first time to deliver the most in-depth and far-reaching global summit on infrastructure.

Meet sponsors, developers and the key government figures behind important infrastructure sectors; the major players providing equity and debt for projects; the most recognisable engineers and contractors and the legal and financial advisors working on the hottest world-wide big ticket agendas.

 For more information, visit www.worldinfrasummit.com and download our exclusive conference brochure – completely free of charge.

The World Infrastructure Summit will be a global gathering of the most powerful members of the infrastructure community who will:   
           
         Discover the key issues driving global infrastructure policies   
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         Meet the decision makers face to face   
         Hear from some of the most influential people in the sector   
         Discuss the challenges of future infrastructure projects   
         Be inspiredby live presentations from peers and infrastructure sponsors   
         Network with key organisations in global infrastructure   
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3rd Power Generation Exhibition (PowerGen Pak-2009)

 
Power Loadshedding in December January: MD PEPCO
 
LAHORE: Managing Director Pakistan Electric Power Company Tahir Basharat Cheema has said the power infrastructure is crumbling due to paucity of funds but the situation is now improving.

He was talking to the media persons at the 3rd international power generation conference and exhibition POWERGEN PAK 2009 on "Power Efficiency; Up-gradation and Self-Reliance" organised by the Energy Update at a local hotel on Thursday.

He said the company had paid off all its due apart from investing infrastructure and augmentation of the system. He stressed that the government should devise public sector policies, keeping in view improvement in social realities of the society. The Pepco, being a public sector company, was also striving for the same.

Mr Cheema also listed three essentials for successful public policy i.e. honesty, commitment and being responsive to public demands and suggestions. Unfortunately, he said, public sector had been ignored for too long and funds diverted to other sector. It had come back to haunt us now, he said.

Talking about the energy sector, he said, the Thar Coal Development Company was doing really well and he was satisfied with its performance. He said electricity theft, however, remained a problem. In the last two months, he said that some 140 factories, which were involved in theft, had been checked and dealt with by the company. He stressed upon the need of indigenous resources to be self reliant. The indigenization should be adapted as the foremost goal by the public and the government.

In the next few months, he said there might be a power deficit but Pepco would try its best to avoid the loadshedding. Sindh and Punjab demanded 3-5 weeks for the Bhal Safai of the canals. During this period, he said, the hydel generation would become minimum. The desilting of canals, however, would be completed till January 31st. He said PEPCO was trying its best to come over the problem of over-billing.

Mr Cheema said the Nepra would determine the power tariff on the basis of furnace oil prices in a transparent manner.The Pepco MD also called for the preparation of Power National Policy in the power sector on the lines of defence and nuclear national policies.

Pakistan Power Resources’ Iqbal Z Ahmed, Descon Engineering’s Amer Hadi, United Nations Industrial Development’s Tanvir Mehmood, Munawwar Baseer Ahmad, Tanzeem Naqvi, Energy Update’s Naeem Qureshi, Thar Coal Energy Board, Sindh, member Asad Ali Shah, Mines and Minerals, Sindh, secretary Ijaz Khan and others also spoke on the occasion.

   
 
$3 Bln Loss on Account of Infrastructure and Industrial Corrosion

 
Pakistan has been incurring a loss of about $ 3 billion per annum on account of infrastructure and industrial corrosion and it needs a comprehensive "national strategy" for corrosion control. This was stated by the engineers and experts at a conference on "Corrosion, Prevention and Management", organized by National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) at a local hotel here on Thursday.

They said that the losses of corrosion can be minimized by creating awareness among the society about its damages and by using new technologies for corrosion prevention. Sindh Minister Syed Sardar Ahmed said that corrosion was a neglected subjected in the government quarters and there was no plan for its prevention. He said industrial sector faces huge losses due to corrosion as the replacement of costly machinery is an expensive business. Similarly, billions of rupees of public money are lost due to corrosion in infrastructure facilities, like water supply and sewerage pipelines, bridges, etc.

He appreciated the efforts of the organizers for highlighting an issue which was never taken up before and advised the participants of the conference to suggest ways and means to control corrosion. The minister said that the government was working hard to control administrative and governance corrosion which was eating away the vitals. Sardar Ahmed said that the experts had already pointed out about the shortage of electricity 20 years ago but the people at the helm of affairs did not pay attention to this vital issue.

Consultant Corrosion Engineering Dr Arjumand Akhtar said that 22 percent of corrosion losses can be controlled by utilizing new technology and creating awareness. Use of fiber glass and coating are some of the recommended methods to prevent corrosion, he added. Quoting an assessment report, he said that roughly 3 percent of the GNP is lost every year in Pakistan due to corrosion in industrial, infrastructure and household sectors. He said that the extent of losses has been calculated on the basis of Gross National Product (GNP) of 2004-2005 which is about $ 105.28 billion.

He said that corrosion management starts at the designing stage and lot of damages can be prevented.
Dr Akhtar said that only two gas utility companies were strictly adhering to the corrosion control methods because they are managing high pressure gas pipelines.President Institute of Engineers Pakistan Engr. Zafar Zubairi underlined the need for chalking out the national strategy to control corrosion.

He said that the corrosion control was necessary as it enhances the cost of the project. He underlined the need for the adoption of anti-corrosion measures at the time of designing of infrastructure projects.

M. Naeem Qureshi President NFEH, Kalim Siddiqui of Bosicor Pakistan, Dr Shahid Alam, Midhat Ali Jaffery Mohammd Yousuf Memon, Ahmed Moin Uddin, Liaquat Raza, Anees Ansari, Rare Admiral (R) Abid Mujtaba and Prof. Khurshid Mehmood also talked about corrosion management, precautions and controls.The conference underlined the need to adopt necessary steps to protect steel and metals from corrosion through adequate concrete cover and admixture, coating and water proofing. The experts suggests to use traditional coating methods like i) Asphalt, ii) coal tar epoxy, iii) ÊÊcoal tar enamel and iv) ÊÊ tape wrap. The use of fusion bonded epoxyÊis common in United States and Europe, besides three layers PE/PP and polyurethane as corrosion protection methods


Minus One Formula To Derail Democracy
 
 

KARACHI: Private sector was asked to come forward and provide education and health facilities to poor population, as the government alone cannot provide every citizens these basic facilities.These views were expressed by speakers at the inaugural session of the 3rd International Summit on Corporate Social Responsibility – The Human Face of Business, organized by National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) at a local hotel.

Naib Nazim, City District Government of Karachi Nasreen Jaleel was the chief guest where as Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan was the keynote speaker on the occasion. Nasreen Jaleel said that the City Government with the support of private sector has improved the condition of 38 government schools, which are now competing with the private schools. The City Government has established Karachi Foundation to provide relief to poor. “We want the people should interact with each other for harmony in the city so we organize My Karachi festival every year,” she added.

Ms. Jaleel said the present City Government has completed a number of infrastructure projects, which has changed the face of the city. In a recent meeting US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke had also praised the City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal for infrastructure development in the city, she added.

She underlined the need that this should continue because it has been evolved during eight years. There is a lot to do in the city, she added. At least seven big rain storm drains are disposing untreated sewerage water into the sea. There is dire need of treatment plants so that sewerage water is disposed of into the sea after proper treatment, she added. Ms. Jaleel said the city government is providing water to every part of the city. Recently water has reached to Baba and Bhit islands through lying of under-sea pipeline.

The CDGK Naib Nazim appreciated the efforts of corporate sector as well as civil society organizations for their social welfare schemes and said the city is proud of all such organizations.

In his keynote address, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan said health and education are important elements for development of a society. He said KESC is playing havoc with the city. He regretted that despite generation capacity of 3600 megawatt (MW) against peak demand of 2600 MW, the city is facing the worst load shedding because most of capacity is not being used. He said about 848MW generation capacity is utilized. Senator Haseeb Khan underlined the need for holding long marches for health and education in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer of The Citizens Foundation (TCF) S. Asad Ayub Ahmed said that there is deplorable condition of education in the country. Giving figures, he pointed out that as against the United Nation’s suggested 4 percent of the total budget; the government in Pakistan is spending only 2 percent of total budget on education. He said at least 40 million children in Pakistan are out of school. The condition of government schools is very deplorable, where 15 percent schools do not have their buildings and 52 percent schools are without boundaries, he added.

The TCF was formed in 1995 to provide quality education to poor, he said adding that it started from six schools and presently, it is running 600 schools. By the end of next year 50 more schools would be added, he added. He said all TCF schools are located in poor localities of the entire Pakistan including Azad Jammu and Kashmir. In his welcome address, Chairman of the NFEH Dr. Kaiser Waheed said that faulty buses are creating air pollution and tanners are causing water pollution in the city. He said many business corporation are running welfare projects, which are providing benefit to millions of people.

Earlier Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, CEO Citizens Foundation Asad Ayub Ahmed, President NFEH M. Naeem Qureshi, Chairman NFEH Dr. Kaiser Waheed, President M.A. Jinnah University Dr. Abdul Wahab, President Marketing Association of Pakistan Rafiq Rangoonwala, Capt. Salman Azhar of PIA, President Bosicor Pakistan Kalim A. Siddiqui, CSO Sybrid Ted Merra, Aamir Jahangir, Jamshed Ahmed, Tahir Jawaid Sr. General Manager Public Affairs Engro, External Relation Manager P&G Pakistan Najia Amin, Consultant TDAP Dr. Sajid Hussain, Marrium Aurangzeb of WWF Pakistan, Advisor-RBI Pakistan Dr. Faiz Shah, Executive Director-RBI Pakistan Ambreen Waheed and Aqeel Ahmed discussed in details the scope of CSR activities, trends, future & challenges in their organizations as well as in the country.



Private Sector Asked to Assist Govt. In Provision of Health, Education
 

KARACHI: Private sector was asked to come forward and provide education and health facilities to poor population, as the government alone cannot provide every citizens these basic facilities.These views were expressed by speakers at the inaugural session of the 3rd International Summit on Corporate Social Responsibility – The Human Face of Business, organized by National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) at a local hotel.

Naib Nazim, City District Government of Karachi Nasreen Jaleel was the chief guest where as Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan was the keynote speaker on the occasion. Nasreen Jaleel said that the City Government with the support of private sector has improved the condition of 38 government schools, which are now competing with the private schools. The City Government has established Karachi Foundation to provide relief to poor. “We want the people should interact with each other for harmony in the city so we organize My Karachi festival every year,” she added.

Ms. Jaleel said the present City Government has completed a number of infrastructure projects, which has changed the face of the city. In a recent meeting US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke had also praised the City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal for infrastructure development in the city, she added.

She underlined the need that this should continue because it has been evolved during eight years. There is a lot to do in the city, she added. At least seven big rain storm drains are disposing untreated sewerage water into the sea. There is dire need of treatment plants so that sewerage water is disposed of into the sea after proper treatment, she added. Ms. Jaleel said the city government is providing water to every part of the city. Recently water has reached to Baba and Bhit islands through lying of under-sea pipeline.

The CDGK Naib Nazim appreciated the efforts of corporate sector as well as civil society organizations for their social welfare schemes and said the city is proud of all such organizations.

In his keynote address, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan said health and education are important elements for development of a society. He said KESC is playing havoc with the city. He regretted that despite generation capacity of 3600 megawatt (MW) against peak demand of 2600 MW, the city is facing the worst load shedding because most of capacity is not being used. He said about 848MW generation capacity is utilized. Senator Haseeb Khan underlined the need for holding long marches for health and education in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer of The Citizens Foundation (TCF) S. Asad Ayub Ahmed said that there is deplorable condition of education in the country. Giving figures, he pointed out that as against the United Nation’s suggested 4 percent of the total budget; the government in Pakistan is spending only 2 percent of total budget on education. He said at least 40 million children in Pakistan are out of school. The condition of government schools is very deplorable, where 15 percent schools do not have their buildings and 52 percent schools are without boundaries, he added.

The TCF was formed in 1995 to provide quality education to poor, he said adding that it started from six schools and presently, it is running 600 schools. By the end of next year 50 more schools would be added, he added. He said all TCF schools are located in poor localities of the entire Pakistan including Azad Jammu and Kashmir. In his welcome address, Chairman of the NFEH Dr. Kaiser Waheed said that faulty buses are creating air pollution and tanners are causing water pollution in the city. He said many business corporation are running welfare projects, which are providing benefit to millions of people.

Earlier Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, CEO Citizens Foundation Asad Ayub Ahmed, President NFEH M. Naeem Qureshi, Chairman NFEH Dr. Kaiser Waheed, President M.A. Jinnah University Dr. Abdul Wahab, President Marketing Association of Pakistan Rafiq Rangoonwala, Capt. Salman Azhar of PIA, President Bosicor Pakistan Kalim A. Siddiqui, CSO Sybrid Ted Merra, Aamir Jahangir, Jamshed Ahmed, Tahir Jawaid Sr. General Manager Public Affairs Engro, External Relation Manager P&G Pakistan Najia Amin, Consultant TDAP Dr. Sajid Hussain, Marrium Aurangzeb of WWF Pakistan, Advisor-RBI Pakistan Dr. Faiz Shah, Executive Director-RBI Pakistan Ambreen Waheed and Aqeel Ahmed discussed in details the scope of CSR activities, trends, future & challenges in their organizations as well as in the country.


3rd LPG Conference 2009
 
 

Experts Call for Adopting More Prudent LPG Policies

 

ISLAMABAD: Experts at a third International Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Expo Conference-2009 held underlined the need for adopting more prudent policies to strengthen this sector of cheaper energy.

The Conference titled "Pakistan's LPG Sector and Energy Discipline" was jointly organized by LPG Association of Pakistan (LPGAP) and Energy Update at a local hotel.

They focused on the issues related to its pricing, regulation and safety standards besides discussing the growth potential of LPG industry. They were of the view that the industry has sufficient potential to bridge the growing energy gap in the country and policy makers must play their due role for the purpose.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman LPG Association of Pakistan, Iqbal Z Ahmad said that 95 percent LPG requirements were met from local production. Before taking any decision regarding import of the commodity, interest of the majority of consumers should be kept in mind. Iqbal Z. Ahmad said the government was considering to increase LPG imports from 50,000 tonnes to 100,000 tonnes. He suggested that 5% imported LPG prices should not disturb. The government had removed all sort of taxes on imported LPG and the benefits should be pass on to general consumers, he suggested. He denied any cartelization among the LPG companies and said it was impossible among 70 companies.

Director Associated Group Fasih Ahmed speaking on the occasion said that the LPG prices had observed 66 percent decline in 2008 due to perfect competition in the industry. He claimed that about 70 percent of LPG went to auto gas illegally and termed it very dangerous.

Secretary Petroleum and Natural Resources Mahmood Saleem Mahmood, who was chief guest on the occasion, while addressing the conference assured the participants that the government was committed to resolve their problems. He said LPG being a cheaper fuel is mostly used by poor segment of the society, adding, provision of this environment friendly fuel would be ensured to end-consumers at a controlled price. The Secretary said gap between demand and supply widens during peak winter season from November to March.

He expressed concern over receiving complains with regard to hoarding and black-marketing of this essential commodity during that period, urging the importers, producers and marketing companies and distributors for ensuring un-interrupted supply in far-flung areas during the peak season. Mahmood Saleem Mahmood assured the participants that there would be complete transparency in process of awarding licenses related to this sector, keeping the national interest supreme.

CEO OGDCL Zahid Hussain, MD Enercon Faridullah Khan, Aamir Hussain, Belal Jabbar, Owais Mir, CEO Publicity Channel Naeem Qureshi, CEO Akber Associates Jamal Ansari and Manager Corporate Communication Progas M. Ali Malik also spoke on the occasion and gave suggestions to officials present in the conference to further streamline matters pertaining to LPG and promotion of this sector.

Later, the participants visited the stalls set up by national and multinational companies to showcase their products related to the LPG industry.

 


1st Iron & Steel Conference 2009

LAHORE - Federal Minister for Industries and Production Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has said the prices of the Pakistan Steel Mills’ products would be linked with the international markets and the PSM would have to seek permission from the Ministry of Industries and Production for any change in its products’ rate. The federal minister was addressing the first Iron and Steel Conference organized by Publicity Channel, under the theme of Problems and Prospects Iron & Steel industry in Pakistan’, supported by All Pakistan Steel Re-rolling Mills Association (APSRMA) at a hotel in Lahore. The Association Chairman Latif Chaudhry, Al-Tuwairqi Project Director Zaigham Adil Rizvi, National Consultant on Mines and Minerals Dr Sajjad Hussain also addressed the opening session.

In the technical session, Pakistan Steel Mills HR Director Qaisar Saleem, People’s Steel Mill MD Dr Muneer Ahmed and Dr Shahzad Alam from PCSIR laboratories highlighted various aspects and potential of the steel industry in Pakistan. The minister said the new Industrial Policy would be announced within the next three months and consultations in this regard were under way with all the stake-holders, including the industrialists. The minister said that tenders would be published in the press for the expansion of PSM and companies would be selected for the purpose solely on merit basis. He said the government has a plan to evolve a mechanism to ensure transparency in all dealings of the steel mill. The minister assured that there would be open bidding of all the products of the PSM to avoid favoritism and corruption. According to him, Pakistan Steel Mills annual production capacity would be increased from the current 1.1 million tons to 5 million tons while the overall annual steel production in Pakistan would be increased from 4 million tons to 8 million tons. He said Pakistan is hit hard by terrorism and Taliban were ruining its image abroad, however the Pakistani industrialists were playing vital role in presenting its soft and bright image to the world by providing it the best industrial productions.

He said that he recently visited an industrial fair in Germany and he was happy to see that around 50 Pakistani manufacturers set up stalls there and many foreign companies have shown keen interest to trade Pakistan’s industrial productions. While talking to media, he said the present elected and democratic government was striving hard to resolve all industry-related problems like power and gas shortage and high mark-up rates. He said. He said that Prime Minister had recently opened two windmill power plants and hoped that there would be no power load shedding by December. He asked the office-bearers of APSRMA to propose their representative for the PSM Board of Directors, and added that he would get the matter approved by the Prime Minister. Wattoo said that he would arrange steel industrialists’ meeting with Railways Minister to get resolved the problems of steel transportation, while the I&P Ministry’s institutions- SMEDA, TUSDEC and PITAC, would extend cooperation for skill development of the steel industry’s workforce.



BRITHISH PREMIER
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The alternate energy will play a great role in catering to the growing demand for trade and industry in future as the present energy crisis was getting bigger every day. This was stated by the former British premier Tony Blair while talking to the President National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) Naeem Qureshi at a meeting on the sidelines of recently concluded second World Future Energy summit in Abu Dhabi. He said that rising industrial activities, growing energy utilization and ill planning were the major reasons for prompting global energy crisis. Blair said that future belongs to solar and wind energy, geo-thermal and biomass and bio-fuels. This will not only provide energy to the entire world but help in reducing environment pollution, he added.

He said that about $ 520 billion will be required for the promotion of alternate energy till the year 2030 and the developing countries have to take up this responsibility. Former British premier said that large nations did not implement environmental standards despite ratification of Kuto Protocol. This will increase environmental degradation and pose serious threats to the world, he noted. Tony Blair said that UK has to reduce carbon emission by 80 percent by the year 2050. He was of the opinion that developed and developing countries have go along for a sustainable development. He pointed out that the share of alternate energy will grow to 50 percent by the year 2100 and countries in the Middle East will play a prominent role in this development as this region has a market of $ 8 billion.

Blair further said: "It is right now, at the instant when our thoughts are centered on the economic challenge that we must not set to one side the challenge of global warming, but instead resolve to meet it and put the world on path to a sustainable future." Blair outlined a range of steps that were required through a "global compact" to meet the environmental challenge. "It needs not just a 2050 target but an interim target to get there …a target for 2020 that shows seriousness of intent and gives business a clear, unequivocal signal to invest in a low-carbon future", he opined. The interim goals would largely be aimed at the West but he believed it would have to be matched by obligations in the developing world. He suggested that strategic partnerships between China and America, India and America and Europe and America would be important, with all three being of "paramount importance". Blair said there was a need for a step change, not small steps to meet the scale of the challenge, but he also said it was necessary to be practical about what could be done.

"There is no point in demanding of President Obama something he cannot deliver. Instead let us help him deliver what he can." Blair said global warming required enormous changes in the way the world did its business but that global cooperation brought wider benefits. He praised Abu Dhabi for its decision earlier this week to set a 7% renewable energy target for 2020. That showed other oil-rich nations in the region what could be done and was an example of the kind of move away from pure self-interest that the world needed, argued Blair. He set out the importance of a green new deal to revitalize economies, arguing it was vital to "invest now in these times of a low-carbon price for the times when that price rises again"

On this occasion, Naeem Qureshi apprised Tony Blair of the performance and role of NFEH. Qureshi who is also the managing editor of leading energy magazine "Energy Update" presented the latest copy of the magazine. Tony Blair and other participants at the energy summit lauded the standard of Energy Update.

5th International CNG Conex 2009


 
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8,000 CNG buses soon will be on the roads, Afridi

 

Federal Minister for Environment Hameedullah Jan Afridi has said the government is making all out efforts to encourage the use of CNG and is even not imposing any duty on the import of CNG parts. Speaking at the 5th International CNG Conference at a local hotel on Thursday, the federal minister stressed upon maximum usage of environmentally friendly CNG properties adding that the air quality situation in Pakistan's major cities would be far worse without CNG vehicles.

Mr. Afridi said the Pakistan government was well aware of its environmental obligations and had dedicated the year 2009 as Year of the Environment. He said the government was making its efforts to ply some 8,000 CNG buses on roads in the country. Chief Minister Taskforce on Environment chairman Dr Awais Farooqui said the government needed to redouble its efforts towards tapping new reservoirs. "Gas exploration is costly. Not doing anything will be even more costly," he said.

Oil and Gas Regularity Authority (OGRA) senior executive director Javed Nazir said Pakistan had the largest CNG market in the world in terms of number of stations (2,600) and CNG vehicles (1.8million). He said that some 700 new CNG stations would be created countrywide in 2009. All Pakistan CNG Association senior vice-chairman Capt. (retired) Shuja Anwar said the government must deliver greater assistance in the form of subsidies to the CNG industry. He said the honeymoon period in the CNG business had been over as the profit margin had reduced and some 40 per cent of CNG dealers were currently doing their business at a loss.

Capt Anwar said the government lacked a coherent licensing policy and had approved licenses to too many stations within very close proximity, causing more problems. National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) president Naeem Qureshi said the increase in CNG prices at a rate of Rs44.5 per Kg had deterred automobile owners to fill up on CNG or have their cars converted. CNG Dealers Association chairman Abdul Sami Khan and CNG Station Owners Association of Pakistan president Malik Khuda Buksh said Pakistan should follow Iran 's example of creating CNG business friendly conditions. Pakistan State Oil managing director Kalim Siddiqui said the government lacked a coherent transport policy.

Citing an example, he said, diesel was being sold at a lower rate in Pakistan than petroleum because of lower taxes, despite higher refining costs. He said the government had yet to understand that most petroleum consumption came from the lower-middle classes on motorcycles who account around 70 per cent of petroleum usage. At a technical session, Sazgar Engineering CEO Asad Hameed gave a presentation on "CNG Rickshaw Manufacturing", while Component Master chief executive Waseem Ahmad also gave a presentation.

Later, a panel discussion was held on "Problems and Future Strategy of CNG Industry"


Energy Crises & Solutions
 
Energy Update 3rd Anniversary & Seminar
Karachi - Sindh Minister for Environment and Alternate Energy Askari Taqvi said Tuesday that Sindh government was also authorized under the Constitution to sanction power projects up to 50 megawatts and decide their tariff.He was speaking at a seminar on "energy crisis and solution" at Federation House. The seminar was organized by the monthly periodical “Energy Update” on the occasion of its 3rd anniversary in collaboration with the Standing Committee on Alternate Energy Development of FPCCI.

Quoting Article 147 of the Constitution, the minister said that both the federal as well as provincial governments were competent to approve power projects and their tariffs.He said that Alternate Energy Development Board should also be established at provinciallevel to sanction the approval for setting up alternate energy projects.Similarly, Sindh government should have the body to decide about the tariff for these projects.

This will help in expediting the pace of sanctioning and approval of alternate energy projects in Sindh, he noted.Referring to environment pollution, the minister said that feasibility for common effluent treatment plants have been completed and PC-1 was ready to get funding for this project in next year's budget.He said it was difficult for smaller units to install their own effluent treatment plants and this common treatment plant would serve the purpose.

Askari Taqvi said that his department has acquired seven smoke emission testing equipment to check the pollution being caused by transport buses in the city."We have sent a summary to Sindh Chief Minister to make it mandatory to get smoke emission certificate from SEPA before the issue of fitness certificate to public transport vehicles by the police department",he added.The minister said his department can now inspect the smoke emission level of 15,000 transport sector buses in a year.

He said that the country was losing 6 percent of the GDP every year on account of pollution. About 30,000 people were dying every year due to environment pollution while more than 25,000 kids were killed at small age due to environmental degradation.Earlier, President Saarc-Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tariq Sayeed, said that the people of Karachi would no more tolerate sufferings due to prolonged and frequent power cuts and would very soon come on the roads to agitate.

He said that such a vociferous agitation in the coming days would cause serious threats to the existence of installations and offices of the KESC.FPCCI President Sultan Ahmad Chawla said that according to the statistics provided by the KESC management the power generation demand of the city during the current summer was 2500MW and the power utility with all its sources had been able to provide around 2200MW electricity through all its sources to fulfil the electricity needs of the city.

Dr. Kaiser Waheed said that environment pollution was causing cancer and other diseases among the people. Dr Sajid Hussain said that major focus should be on the traditional power generation while the alternate energy can be used as an optional source of power generation.KB Hussain Director Private Policy & Investment KESC and Khurram Saeed Chairman FPCCI standing committee on alternate energy and Managing Editor Energy Update Naeem Qureshi also spoke on the occasion.



 
4th CNG conference, exhibition Conex 2007
 
 
 
 
OGRA Asked to Regulate Framework to Facilitate use of LPG
 
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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Khawaja Muhammad Asif directed Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to rationalize the regulatory frame¬work to facilitate the nascent auto sector LPG usage. The LPG is a clean, efficient and environment friendly fuel with a wide range of applications in com¬mercial, industries and households as a substitute for natural gas. "This fuel can also be used in the automotive sector as economically viable alternative to other hydrocar¬bons," he said while inaugurating a day long second annual LPG Conference and Exhibition here. The Conference and Exhibition was organized by Energy Update and LPG Association of Pakistan. Iqbal Z. Ahmed Chairman LPG Association of Pakistan, Hilal A. Raza Director General H.D.I.P., Naeem Qureshi Managing Editor Energy Update, Mohammad Ali Malik (Progas) Bilal Jabbar, Fasih Ahmed, Faridullah Khan M.D. Enercon, Abbas Bilgrami, Habib Haider, Abbas Kazmi, Owais Mir and Sohail Qureshi addressed on this occasion.

He expressed the confidence that wide spread use of LPG in auto sec¬tor will soften the rude impact of rising prices of petroleum products. The Minister said science deregu¬lation, Pakistan's LPG sector has shown tremendous growth in terms of rising number of LPG producers, importers, LPG marketing companies and LPG distributors. Thanks to deregulation, about US$200 million has been invested across the LPG value chain and given the robust growth dynamics of the sector, more investments are expected to continue, he added. Khawaja Asif said he was also looking forward to additional investments in setting up of dedicat¬ed LPG auto gas stations and LPG production plants which are dor¬mant for the moment, so that the ungasified areas are served in the like manner. However, it has been noted that LPG availability has been confined to urban centers, despite Government's clear objectives and directives to supply mandatory quota to the Northern hilly areas, AJK, interior Sindh, Balochistan and FATA. He also pointed out that LPG marketing companies are not faith¬fully implementing these policy measures and the regulatory mech¬anism of OGRA is also not pursu¬ing the defaulting LPG marketing companies.

The Minister observed that LPG consumer prices are normally not stable due to demand & supply gap and in this connection the focus of our Government will be to realize additional LPG production from the developing gas fields. The local production of LPG can be increased by another 900 metric ton per day if the development of the dormant fields is fast tracked by the concerned exploration and pro¬duction companies. He said mere policy measures, howsoever effective and efficacious cannot achieve the intended out¬come, without being effectively monitored and implemented by reg¬ulator. Therefore, he urged upon OGRA to step up their activities to check the malpractices of decanting, under-filling and cross filling of LPG cylinders to save the life, limb and property of the LPG users. He also asked LPG marketing companies to fulfill their corporate social responsibilities and must concentrate on the economy of scale for earning their profit rather than concentrating on demand man¬agement measures. He hoped that the deliberations of this conference will go a long way to facilitate the common man in obtaining LPG cylinders at a com¬petitive rate. Director General, Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP), Hilal A Raza speaking on the occasion said that 50 percent urban households are using LPG in neighboring India. In Pakistan, it has become a fuel of choice but it contribute less then a one percent in total energy sup¬plies which can be enhanced up to 3-4 percent. Chairman, LPG Association of Pakistan, Iqbal Z.

Ahmed said suc¬cess and failure of this government depends upon success of energy sector. He said the indigenous pro¬duction of LPG is about 1700 met¬ric tones per day and there is potential to produce additional 900 metric tones per day. He said the number of distribu¬tors has reached to 7,000 across the country. In his welcome address, Managing Editor of Energy Update Naeem Qureshi spoke about expanding LPG industry. Later, the Minister was presented memento by the Chairman, LPG Association of Pakistan. The Minister also visited stalls of various companies at the exhibition. He took keen interest in the equip¬ments related to LPG industry.

Saquib Khattak
Media Coordinator

 



Pakistan to become the largest CNG user in world by next year
Former Minister Petroleum inaugurates 4th CNG conference,
exhibition "Conex 2007

KARACHI : Pakistan is expected to become the largest user of CNG in vehicles by June 2008 with further increase in the number of CNG filling stations and more and more vehicles being converted on this environment friendly fuel.

These views were expressed by speakers at the inaugural ceremony of the 4th International Conference and two-day Exhibition of CNG machinery and tools (Conex-2007) being organized by National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Environment, CNG Stations Owners Association of Pakistan (CSOAP), CNG Dealers Association and monthly Energy Update at Expo Centre. Former Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Mir Naseer Mengal inaugurated both the events. The theme of the Conference was “Investment opportunities & New Challenges on the road.” The speakers pointed out that at present the number of CNG filling stations has increased to 1847 with 1.65 million vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a fuel.

Speaking in his inaugural address, the State Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources said that the government would continue its support for promotion of CNG in the country. The CNG is an environment-friendly fuel, which is now being widely used in the country, he added.Mengal appreciated the efforts of NFEH and other organizers for holding a conference and exhibition from promotion of CNG in the country.

In his presentation, Executive Director, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) Kalim Siddiqui presented the energy scenario in Pakistan. He pointed out that half of Pakistan’s energy needs are being met by natural gas, but its use in vehicle is only 3.5 percent. Besides CNG, he said the use of Liquidified Petroleum Gas (LPG) is also increasing in the country. Most of the industries like cement, fertilizers and thermal power stations are now using natural gas as a fuel. He said enough gas is available in the country as gas forecast expect availability of about 28 trillion cubic feet gas for Pakistan. Siddiqui hoped that after Iran-Pakistan-India and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan gas pipelines, the future needs of gas could be met. He said gas pipeline structure in Pakistan is the best in the world.

In his welcome address, Chairman, CNG Station Owners Association of Pakistan (CSOAP) Malik Khuda Buksh demanded the government to close down the road-side workshops, which are using substandard CNG kits and cylinders. These low quality cylinders, he regretted, are causing explosions. He appreciated the role of Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP), Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources for promotion of CNG in Pakistan. Malik Khuda Buksh said after Argentina, Pakistan has now become the second largest user of CNG in vehicles. He hoped that Pakistan would soon surpass Argentina and become the top user of CNG in vehicles.

Senior Executive Director, OGRA Javed Nazeer said that the government has provided a level playing field to all players in the CNG sector. He underlined the need to educate vehicle users about use of inferior CNG kits and cylinders. He pointed out that OGRA has simplified the procedure for obtaining licenses to set up a CNG filling station.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman, Organizing Committee of CNG Conex 2007 and President of NFEH M. Naeem Qureshi said that National Forum for Environment & Health has organized a number of programmes for promotion of CNG including seminars on problems & prospects of CNG Industry” in August 2000, Safety & Standards in the CNG Industry in August 2001, Role of CNG in Clean & Green Pakistan in June 2003 and also in March 2004. It also hosted the first-ever International Conference on CNG Development and “2nd International Conference & Exhibition on CNG Industry-CNG-CONEX2005” on September 21-22, 2005 at pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore and CNG Conex2006 on September 24-25 2006 at PC Karachi and now CNG Conex2007 is being organized at Karachi Expo Centre. The next CNG Conex would be held in Islamabad, he added.

He said the objective of all these events is to provide the latest information about developments and technical advancements in the CNG sector all over the world, particularly in Asian countries including China, Iran, India, Pakistan (both by the government and private sectors) to over 300 national and international delegates comprising of diversified groups related to the CNG Industry. This is done through interactive sessions and “seeing is believing” exhibitions that displayed the latest products of CNG. He expressed thanks to M/o Petroleum, HDIP, OGRA, CSOAP, PSO, Axiom, Morgan, Landi Renzo, Hino Pak, Allied Engineering and other sponsors, participants and experts for making this event possible.

After inauguration session of the conference, the Minister also inaugurated the CNG exhibition and later went round all the stalls of exhibitors. At the Technical Sessions of the conference, the experts gave their views on various aspects of CNG industry. Prominent speakers included Javed Akber, CEO of CNG 2000, Obaid Ozair, CEO of Component Master, Waseem Ahmed, Senior Manager Hino Pak Motors, Shahab Anwar, Executive District Officer, Transport Communication, City District Government, Karachi (CDGK) Mohammad Athar and others.


1st first Energy Awards Launched
 
 
 
 
Karachi– The services of national and multinational companies, working in energy sector were recognized at an award distribution ceremony of first Energy Awards at a local hotel.

Senior Executive Director of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Javed Nazeer distributed the awards, launched by monthly Energy Update.

The recipient in the oil marketing companies was Executive Director Pakistan Sate Mr. Kaleem Siddiqui, where as in Automobile Sector the award went to Chairman and Chief Executive of Pak Suzuki Motor Company Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa. Chairman of CNG Stations Owners Association Malik Khuda Bhukhsh was also awarded for his dedicated services.

In gas distribution and technical and skill services the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) would be given awards very soon.

The OGRA Senior Director Mr. Javed Nazeer appreciated the launch of Energy Awards and said that energy sector including oil, gas and alternate energy are backbone of the economy of the con try. He said in recent years, a lot of development in energy sector has been witnessed. This sector needs more investment, he added.

He congratulated Energy Update for initiating awards.

Managing Editor of monthly Energy Update Mohammad Naim Qureshi and General Manager of HDIP Mohammad Ashraf also spoke on the occasion and congratulated the recipients
 

   
 
International conference on Energy Crises in Pakistan
 
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KARACHI ( Sindh Minister for Environment and Alternate Energy Askari Taqvi) said that the government will provide all possible support to joint ventures between international and local companies for manufacturing wind turbines in Pakistan. Speaking at a seminar on "Energy Crisis in Pakistan ", held in connection with the second anniversary of monthly magazine Energy Update at a local hotel. He said that foreign manufacturers were delaying supply of wind turbines to wind projects for three years and beyond. "If we can locally produce wind turbines with foreign collaboration here, our IPPs can install their wind mills early. This is the only way to put up wind mills on a fast track basis to meet energy shortages in the country", he added.

He said Sindh government will provide them all necessary infrastructure including land, utilities and other facilities. "Besides, we will allow 100 percent repatriation of profits and technical fee", he noted. The minister said that the government will also arrange meetings of foreign manufacturers of wind turbines with local entrepreneurs. He pointed out that few Pakistani companies were manufacturing wind turbines of 3 to 5 kilowatts at a price range of Rs. 350,000 to Rs. 700,000 per turbine depending on capacity.

He said India was generating 8,000 MW from wind mills. Talking of environment protection, Askari Taqvi said that an "action plan" was being prepared to ensure effective implementation of environmental laws and discourage pollution. Under this action plan, Environment Protection Agency (EPA) will increase interaction with all stakeholders and take them on board to discourage environment pollution. We have already started contacting stakeholders including various industries. We know each other and there will be no problem, he observed. He was of the view that EPA has to create erroneousness among the society about the benefits of healthy environment and demerits of environment pollution.

Earlier, various speakers including, managing editor Energy Update Naeem Qureshi, CEO Concept Industrial management Ltd Robert D. Orr, executive director PSO Kaleem Siddiqui, managing director Progas Abbass Bilgrami,

CEO KITE Ltd. Abdul Haseeb Khan, chairman National Forum For Environment & Health NHEF Dr. Qaiser Waheed, Dr. Sajid Hassan of Al-Tuwairqi Steel, Abid Mahmood of KESC and Shabbir Kazmi also spoke on energy crisis and gave solutions. The minister also cut the cake and gave away shields among speakers and team of Energy Update.

Morover pime minister yousuf raza gilani said the government has chalked out a plan to produce 5,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity under Thar Coal Power Generation Project. in a message on the occasion of second anniversary of a magazine Energy Update here.

Power generation capacity under this project was to be enhanced to 20,000 MW in the long run. He said that the country was presently in the grip of a serious power crisis with power shortages of 3,000 MW and this shortage was likely to go up to 4,000 mega watts next year. He recalled that the ever-biggest investment from the day of establishment of Pakistan in the power sector was made during the previous PPP government.

The Power Policy of 1994 led to an additional 3,078 MW of electricity production, which in return, led to $3.5 billion investment. Giving a detail of the measures, being taken on urgent basis, Gilani said the present government has devised and is implementing an ambitious plan to coup with the immediate and future needs of the country in the energy sector. During this year, we shall install 2200 mega watt power generation units, he said.

The Prime Minister said the government was giving equal attention on energy saving. We plan to save 500-mega watt of electricity through special load management campaigns, thereby scaling down load shedding. Moreover, Pepco has been directed to ensure provision of 10 million energy saver bulbs at an appropriate price to consumers, he added. He said that he was pleased to learn that the magazine was objective in reporting, open to suggestions and pragmatic in advice to the government, while adhering to healthy norms of journalism.

It is encouraging that the "Energy Update" is projecting all aspects of energy sector and highlighting its true potentials in Pakistan as well as abroad, he observed. The Prime Minister hoped the national media including the "Energy Update" will support the energy saving campaign and also supplement the government's efforts to achieve energy security, which is vital for a sustainable growth of the national economy.

Saquib Nisar Khattak
Manager PR & Media
Cell: 0346-2276746

 


CNG CONEX 2006

3rd CNG International Conference & Exhibition


 
 
 
 
 



 
1st LPG Conference
January 11, 2007, Islamabad - Pakistan
Liberalization and Deregulation does not absolve the Government of its responsibilities: Ahmed Waqar, Secretary Petroleum
 
ISLAMABAD: Government's policy of deregulation has resulted in the growth of the LPG sector in Pakistan and from 15 companies in the year 2000, now there are over 40 engaged in the business. However, the inputs from regulators like OGRA should not be viewed as interference as deregulation does not absolve the government of its responsibilities.

This was stated by the Secretary Petroleum, Ahmed Waqar, while speaking at the first ever conference on LPG held at a local hotel here. The conference deliberated on the theme of "The Prospects and Challenges of the LPG Industry in Pakistan" and the event was organized by the LPG Association of Pakistan and monthly Energy Update, Pakistan's first magazine dedicated to the energy industry. Leading stakeholders of the LPG sector participated in the Conference. However, the regulatory body, OGRA, was conspicuous by its absence as no representative came to hear the issues troubling the industry.

The secretary promised to consider the stakeholders' views seriously in all policy formulation and hoped some good recommendation, that are truly implementable will emerge from the deliberations of the conference instead of 'ideal' viewpoints which do not deliver concrete results.

President of the World LP Gas Association, James Rockall, who had come especially for this conference, in his address, touched upon various issues related to the global scenario of LPG, and its potential and challenges in the Pakistan market.

He explained the worldwide growth trends and said that developing economies especially those in Asia, present huge opportunities for the use of LPG as it contributes to the socioeconomic development through its advantage of portability.

He also outlined its importance as not only a safe fuel but also a healthy one, citing a World Bank report that quantified the 'hidden costs' of transport fuels other than gas, which not only make people ill but also kill them.

James Rockall also cited examples of LPG being used as a 'social' gas by sectors not served by the national grids and pipeline network, and advocated its use as autogas, in tandem with stringent formulation of safety standards and their implementation. He gave the example of the US where it is the fuel of choice for school buses…. an indicator of
its safety.

In answer to questions, he informed the audience that World LP Gas Association will look at working with the UNDP, which has adopted LPG as the fuel of choice for the development areas, of working something for Pakistan on lines similar to the ones used in Morocco and South Africa.

He acknowledged that the issue of pricing, especially import price parity is of crucial importance to the industry in Pakistan. As a policy, the World LP Gas Association favoured free market forces to determine the prices. However, he said that whatever move is made, it should avoid a shock effect on the social fabric. He also sounded a note of caution on the issue of subsidies as there is always an ultimate downside to it.

The industry spokesperson, President of the LPG AP, Iqbal Z. Ahmed appreciated the role of the Secretary Petroleum for keeping the industry in the loop at times of policy formulation and acknowledged that the deregulation has led to increasing investments. He paid tribute to many new entrants into the LNG field, especially the young blood that is changing the dynamics of the way the business is being done. He also appealed to bring all the stakeholders on board, no matter how divergent their views so that the conflicts and differences could be resolved within the industry instead of in the public arena.

On the issue of pricing, he opposed the Import Price Parity, especially for local production, saying that Pakistani apples should be sold at Pakistani prices. He said that investment is made with a certain pricing formula in mind wherein the price should be determined between buyer and seller. He termed as 'interference' OGRA's attempts to cap prices, saying that the industry should be allowed to sink or swim on its own. The manufacturers and marketers will stabalize prices as responsible entities. He commented on the palpable 'CNG bias' in OGRA, and asked that a level playing field be provided to all fuels. He also called for the long term continuation of the industry-friendly policies.

Leading LPG experts from Pakistan and abroad gave presentations on the occasion. They included Abbas Bilgrami of Progas whose presentation gave a broad overview of the industry and its future projections, and presented many ground realities. Patrick Gregory of SHV Energy Pakistan Ltd., who gave a global background of the LPG business, and made a case for the marketing of the applications of LPG usage. Mustafa Abdullah of SSGC presented the case study of the Gwadar LPG AIR Mix pilot project. In the final session, Gary D Eaton of Ely Energy of the USA gave a presentation on SNG, a new option which is Synthetic Natural Gas. He was followed by Ahmed Khalid of SSGC, who gave a presentation on LPG extraction from Rich Gas as a source that will fill in the gapin the energy supply of the country..

The last speaker of the Conference was Brigadier Siraj who not only gave a background of the distribution business in the LPG sector, but lamented the absence of the point view of the end user…the customer. He also made an impassioned plea to take on the distributors as partners and not adversaries, and take them on board to bring them up to the mark as far as safety standards are concerned. He termed as the 'soldiers in the field.Recommendations of the Conference: Price increase should be gradual not sudden Govt. should on increasing local production on a fast track, transparent manner Govt. should promote the use of autogas by immediately notifying the enactment of the rules Curb the smuggling of LPG from Iran Praise OGRA for the appointment of 3rd.party inspectors of installations

 

 
 
 
 
Conference on Power Generation
Power-Gen Pak, April 06, 2007, Islamabad - Pakistan

 
Country's Power Generation Capacity To Be Enhanced
 

ISLAMABAD – Secretary Water and Power Ashfaq Mehmood on Friday said the power generation capacity will be enhanced to meet the growing power demand in the country.

Addressing the conference on Power Generation issues, challenges and development "Power-Gen Pakistan-2007", arranged by Energy Update, he said the government is committed to provide electricity to every nook and corner of the country.He said to cater to the energy needs of this developing economy, power generation resources have to be developed that can keep pace with the rapid rate of development. He said besides, plan for improvement and extension of transmission and distribution network are also being strengthened to provide quality power supply to consumers. He added the collaboration among all stakeholders will enable mutual consultation on issues and challenges for improving power generation infrastructure.

The secretary said the government is realizing the increasing trend of power demand in the country. "We have to expand power generation by considering all options to meet the challenges." He added the government is working with 'demand management option' to overcome the situation. He said the government has started installation of energy meters.

"We have to change utilization pattern." A balanced approach is needed for sustainability besides medium and long term plans, the secretary said. He said the government has planned to catch up the opportunities and numbers of steps have been taken to produce electricity which is directly linked with improving country's economy. He said the initiative taken by Energy Update by arranging conference on important issue will help to produce valuable input for policy makers. He said human resource development is also important to meet the challenges in power sector as without having competent managers progress is not possible. "We must ensure specific energy conservation as losses in the system are very high," Ashfaq Mehmood said.

Executive Director Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Kalim Siddiqui said rate of demand is growing than supply in the country which requires more power generation capacity. He said PSO is managing 80% of the country's oil storage having 2,500 industrial customers including power plants. He said the PSO has adequate infrastructure for uninterrupted supply operation. He said supported by well established infrastructure built at par with international standards, the company has 68% oil marketing share in the country. He said alongside its retail business, PSO also caters to the fuel demand of industrial consumers that include power generation.

Chairman Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) Air Marshal (R) Shahid Hamid said the country is facing an energy crises and every crisis is an opportunity to rise to glory by accepting the challenges. He added meeting these challenges and depending on indigenous alternative energy resources is the need of the hour. He said by adopting option of alternative energy we would certainly help in meeting the current energy shortfall in the country. He said the Board has accepted the challenge and striving to realize the vision of President and Prime Minister by fully utilizing alternative energy resources available in the country.

Chief Executive Orient Power Nadeem Baber said building of some big dams is necessity while coordinated long term policy is absolutely essential for energy security. He said in order to meet challenges and to involve private sector, strong legal system should be developed besides clear policy and timely decisions and positive macroeconomic environment. Secretary AEDB Brig. Dr. Naseem Ahmad said due to policies of present government investors are coming in alternative energy sector and the government has attracted an investment in wind, waste to power, tidal energy and small hydro. He said after receiving licences from NEPRA five companies will start construction work this year while they will be able to generate 250 MW within two years. He said Government of Sindh has reserved 100,000 acres land for wind power for additional investment in the area.

Shahjahan Mirza of Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) said a number of foreign investors have expressed interest in setting up power generation projects that would exploit country's indigenous resources including hydel and wind. He said under its new policy there is better balance of risk and reward. Managing Editor Energy Update Naeem Qureshi, Director General I&P National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Hussain Babar, CEO ABB Farhat Ali, Director General Sindh Coal Authority Abbas Ali Shah and Deputy General Manager ABB (Pvt) Ltd Aqeel Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.


26 Companies Awarded on Best Environment Performance
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Karachi - At least 26 companies and two environmental journalists received awards at the 4th Annual Environment Excellence Awards (AEEA) distribution ceremony, organized by National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) at a local hotel on July 4, 2007. The Sindh Minister for Environment and Alternative Energy Dr. Saghir Ahmed and Secretary of the department Mir Hussain Ali gave away the awards to the companies and journalists.

Annual Environment Excellence Awards are designed to recognize and promote the organizations which make an outstanding contribution to sustainable development.They aim to highlight policies, practices, processes and products from all sectors of business in the country, which help achieve ‘economic and social development without detriment to the environment and natural resources upon the quality of which continued human activity and further development depend.’

The following companies received the awards: AES Lal Pir (Pvt) Ltd, Attock Refinery Ltd, BGP (Pakistan) International, English Biscuit Manufacturers (Pvt.) Ltd., Engro Asahi Polymer & Chemicals Ltd., Engro Chemical Pakistan Ltd, Engro Vopak Terminal Ltd, Habib Oil Mills, Indus Motor Company Ltd, Kohinoor Energy Ltd, KSB Pumps Company Ltd, National Refinery Ltd, Nestle Pakistan Ltd., Oil & Gas Development Company Ltd, Pak-Arab Refinery Ltd, Pakistan Oilfields Ltd, Pakistan PTA Ltd, Pakistan Refinery Ltd, Pakistan State Oil Co. Ltd , Pharmevo Pvt Ltd, Shell Pakistan Ltd, Siemens Pakistan Engineering Co Ltd, Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd, Thal Engineering, Tourism Promotion Services (Pak) Ltd., W.M.C Pvt. Ltd.

Ms. Shabina Faraz, a freelance journalist and Mr. Jamshed Bukhari of daily Jang were awarded Environmental Journalist Awards. The NFEH also organized the National Conference on Environment for Development on the occasion.

The prominent speakers of the conference were S. Tariq Naeem, EBM; Mr. Gulzar Firoz, Chairman of Standing Committee on Environment, FPCCI, Dr. Kaiser Waheed, M. Naeem Qureshi, Dr. Sami-uz-Zaman, Member Technical Environmental Protection Tribunal; Mirza Arshad Ali Beg, Former DG – PCSIR; Mr. Zaheer Baig, Chief Advisor – NFEH; Ms. Saima Beg, IUCN.


 

Energy Crises, Challenges & Future Strategy
Energy Update 1st Anniversary & Seminar
Karachi – The Chairman, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) Lt. General (Retd) Saeed-uz-Zafar has said that if serious efforts are not made to increase generation, the consumers may receive costly power. He was speaking as chief guest at a seminar on “Energy Crisis Challenges and Future Strategies” on the occasion of first anniversary celebration of monthly “Energy Update” at a local hotel on May 18, 2007.

The per unit cost of electricity may shoot-up to Rs 15 per unit in future due to high power tariffs and increasing fuel cost, Saeed. "We are importing oil for consumption and for last few years we are discussing about gas import from various options and now we are planning to import electricity." He offered the industrial sector to generate electricity from their 'captive power' and said Nepra can buy 300-400MW from the private sector industries.

The Nepra chief congratulated the Chief Editor and team of Energy Update on completing the first year of the magazine. He also lauded the effort of the editorial team on producing high quality material on energy sector.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) Lt. General (Retd) S. M. Amjad said the outstanding amount of power utility on city's consumers is Rs 20 billion, excluding government departments. Only Rs 3 billion bills were disputed, he maintained. “This was due to our weak recovery system that would not able to collect pending outstanding,” he said, adding that the government should made legislation for dues recoveries.
The Managing Director of Asia Petroleum Limited, Naved Alam Zubairi said only 55 percent of population has access to electricity, while 22 percent receiving piped gas. Pakistan is extremely low energy intensity economy of 14 MMBTU per capita per annum.

Mr. Abbas Bilgrami, Managing Director of Progas, a company that imports, markets and manages LPG terminal, said the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at spot price was not economically feasible.He said new technologies should be employed to utilise sizeable gas reserves from small fields. This could be done by compressing natural gas - CNG - into transportable vessels and then bringing them to the market, he added. Progas is in advanced stages of a similar project that also envisages import of CNG from other countries.

Mr. Malik Khuda Bux, Chairman CNG Owners Association of Pakistan, Abdul Sami Khan, Chairman CNG Dealers Association, Dr. Kaiser Waheed Shaikh, Chairman of National Forum for Environment and Health , Abdusami Sheikh, Assistant Chief, Enercon also spoke on the occasion.

In his welcome address, the Editor of Energy Update said that the initial period for the magazine was very difficult, but with the help of people associated with energy sector and hard work of the staff the problems were overcome.

In the end the Nepra Chairman distributed shields among the panel of speakers and staff of Energy Update.


 
Pakistan First Islamic Finance Expo & Conference 2012
 
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