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CTBCM: a possibility or a pipe dream?

The electric power sector of Pakistan has been plagued by multiple issues since the late 90s entailing both availability and affordability of energy for sustainable development in Pakistan. The recent…

CPEC and CPEC Authority

The Pakistan-China Relations Steering Committee in its meeting, held early this week under its Chairman Asad Umar, has set a one-month deadline for the Power Division to devise a policy…

The FO ‘imbroglio’

LNG has become expensive exceeding USD 15.0/mmBtu and price scenario remains uncertain for the coming winter. Furnace Oil (FO), which was almost replaced by LNG, has become cheaper and seems…

Circular debt — I

Circular debt issue is getting more serious by the day. Worse has yet to come with the installation of new capacity while demand continues to stagnate. There are projections that…

Inflated electricity bills

For a good 68 percent of the population that has access to electricity in Pakistan, the monthly electricity bill has been full of surprises. They find it difficult to comprehend…

Power sector

Nepra (National Electric Power Regulatory Authority) has just released its State of Industry Report for 2020-21. This is a report of outstanding quality which has been produced annually since 2006.…

CPEC and CPEC Authority

The Pakistan-China Relations Steering Committee in its meeting, held early this week under its Chairman Asad Umar, has set a one-month deadline for the Power Division to devise a policy…

Contingent liabilities

Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin in his budget speech stated that “although losses of PIA and Steel Mills have been reduced through better management, they still need financial support from the…

Load-shedding adds to summer heat’s intensity

For several days, the whole country suffered a massive breakdown of electricity amidst unprecedented heat crossing 45 deg. C. In some localities, claims are that the load-shedding has been for…

The power sector tariff dilemma

The biggest economic headache this government inherited in 2018 was energy circular debt, which has only exacerbated since. At Rs2.3 trillion, it has doubled since PTI came to power. If…