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The power sector woes

Presently, the power sector has become an existential threat for Pakistan. The situation has been further exacerbated by the falling rupee and the ever-strengthening dollar. We have ended-up with spare…

Fair elections and economic stability

“Gross financing needs are very large, mostly due to large debt service payments, while external market financing has dried up. Confidence is weak, and credit rating agencies have downgraded Pakistan…

An electric regulatory authority for Sindh

Sindh cabinet has approved a draft bill for organizing a separate electricity regulatory body for Sindh — Sindh Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Sepra). It is not known whether or not…

Planning power

Energy planning in Pakistan is mostly carried out on an ad-hoc basis as a reaction to an urgent crisis. This hasty and short-sighted approach has not only caused irreversible damage…

Oily matters – I

Pakistan’s oil imports are the biggest drain on foreign exchange. Current year’s oil import bill has been projected to exceed 23 billion USD as against total exports of 34 billion…

Perfect storm

The only good news is that one uncertainty is out of our way. For the first time in the history of the Pakistan Army a Hafiz-e-Quran will be commanding it.…

Nepra’s SOI report 2022: a comment — II

There is a counter point of view as well. As per info available to this writer, significant progress and renovation has been done with regard to SCADA (Supervisory Control and…

‘Trial’ market operator licence

This op-ed examines the legal aspects of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA or the Authority) Determination issued on May 31, 2022 concerning the unlawful granting of a Market…