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July 11, 2011

First solar park due to power up

 By Iolo ap Dafydd BBC Wales environment correspondent Dr Glen Peters, who owns the land and the nearby county mansion and art centre, has funded the project

The first solar park in Wales is expected to start converting sunlight into electricity later at the Rhosygilwen estate in Pembrokeshire.


Almost 10,000 solar panels have been imported from the United States and are placed in 12 lines in a six-acre field.


The £2.5m investment will be onstream three weeks before the UK government lowers the subsidy for large-scale solar energy investors.


The site’s owner Western Solar still hopes to double its size.


It is run by Dr Glen Peters who owns Rhosygilwen mansion and art centre with his family.


He said: “There are 10,000 panels here. They are very cutting edge from the States.


“They are thin film, particularly suited to our climate here of largely cloudy skies.”


He has planning consent for a development twice the size but had to rethink his plans.

“There was no bank financing available. I then had to take a total act of faith and said ‘okay, we will halve the scheme, we will do one megawatt initially’ and I basically raided my pension fund.”


Other applications for three and five megawatt solar parks at Cynheidre and Ffos Las in west Wales are said to be still in planning.


But while Rhosygilwen has beaten the government’s closing of a lucrative loophole, developers like Nigel Payne of Allied Renewables in Swansea are setting their sights lower.


His company hopes to complete three 50 kilowatt solar parks, half the size of Rhosygilwen, by September.

Expansion concern

Another ten are in the planning stage and, by reducing the size of the output, will still be able to generate a return of 30.7p per kilowatt hour.


“It spreads the fund in tariff to what it was designed for – not supporting large-scale solar farms where subsidies would be absolutely gobbled up,” he said.


The Department of Energy and Climate Change has said from 1 August tariffs would be reduced for large solar panel investors.


Any large-scale solar farms above 250 kilowatts, and up to 5 megawatts, will be able to claim 8.5p per kilowatt hour.


Schemes between 150 kilowatts and 250 kilowatts will be able to claim 15p per kilowatt hour and schemes ranging from 50 kilowatts to 150 kilowatts 19p per kilowatt hour.


Solar installations below 50 kilowatts are unchanged.


The average household installation, less than 4 kilowatts, will still be claiming the highest bracket of 43.3p per kilowatt hour.


With the solar industry increasing over the past 12 months from generating 4 megawatt of power in Britain to 96 megawatts, Dr Owen Guy, Swansea University’s senior lecturer in nano technology, said there were some concerns that expansion could slow down.


“It’s still available for the small-scale projects. Individuals will be able to install four kilowatt systems on their homes and will still be able to get a good return on their investment,” he said.


“But the large scale companies wont be able to make the profit they have been.”

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July 8, 2011

First solar park due to power up

By Iolo ap Dafydd BBC Wales environment correspondent Dr Glen Peters, who owns the land and the nearby county mansion and art centre, has funded the project

The first solar park in Wales is expected to start converting sunlight into electricity later at the Rhosygilwen estate in Pembrokeshire.


Almost 10,000 solar panels have been imported from the United States and are placed in 12 lines in a six-acre field.


The £2.5m investment will be onstream three weeks before the UK government lowers the subsidy for large-scale solar energy investors.


The site’s owner Western Solar still hopes to double its size.


It is run by Dr Glen Peters who owns Rhosygilwen mansion and art centre with his family.


He said: “There are 10,000 panels here. They are very cutting edge from the States.


“They are thin film, particularly suited to our climate here of largely cloudy skies.”


He has planning consent for a development twice the size but had to rethink his plans.

“There was no bank financing available. I then had to take a total act of faith and said ‘okay, we will halve the scheme, we will do one megawatt initially’ and I basically raided my pension fund.”


Other applications for three and five megawatt solar parks at Cynheidre and Ffos Las in west Wales are said to be still in planning.


But while Rhosygilwen has beaten the government’s closing of a lucrative loophole, developers like Nigel Payne of Allied Renewables in Swansea are setting their sights lower.


His company hopes to complete three 50 kilowatt solar parks, half the size of Rhosygilwen, by September.

Expansion concern

Another ten are in the planning stage and, by reducing the size of the output, will still be able to generate a return of 30.7p per kilowatt hour.


“It spreads the fund in tariff to what it was designed for – not supporting large-scale solar farms where subsidies would be absolutely gobbled up,” he said.


The Department of Energy and Climate Change has said from 1 August tariffs would be reduced for large solar panel investors.


Any large-scale solar farms above 250 kilowatts, and up to 5 megawatts, will be able to claim 8.5p per kilowatt hour.


Schemes between 150 kilowatts and 250 kilowatts will be able to claim 15p per kilowatt hour and schemes ranging from 50 kilowatts to 150 kilowatts 19p per kilowatt hour.


Solar installations below 50 kilowatts are unchanged.


The average household installation, less than 4 kilowatts, will still be claiming the highest bracket of 43.3p per kilowatt hour.


With the solar industry increasing over the past 12 months from generating 4 megawatt of power in Britain to 96 megawatts, Dr Owen Guy, Swansea University’s senior lecturer in nano technology, said there were some concerns that expansion could slow down.


“It’s still available for the small-scale projects. Individuals will be able to install four kilowatt systems on their homes and will still be able to get a good return on their investment,” he said.


“But the large scale companies wont be able to make the profit they have been.”

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July 2, 2011

Action Needed: Government asked to take steps to restore gas, power

Due to hours of gas load shedding and power suspension, manufacturing activities of the hosiery industry had been affected drastically.

FAISALABAD: 

The Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturer and Exporters Association (PHMEA) North Zone demanded the government to take immediate steps for the provision of power and gas to save the industry from collapse and boost exports.

PHMEA Chairman Salamat Ali told reporters on Friday that due to hours of gas load shedding and power suspension, manufacturing activities of the hosiery industry had been affected drastically.

The experts of the hosiery industry were facing difficulties fulfilling their export commitments with foreign buyers, leading to declining markets, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2011.

July 1, 2011

Karkey Rental Power Plant: Govt purchases electricity at shocking price of Rs41 per unit

 NEPRA approves 61 paisa increase in power tariff for May. DESIGN: ESSA MALIK

ISLAMABAD: 

In an astounding development, the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) has disclosed that the government was purchasing electricity from Karkey Rental Power Plant at record price of Rs 41 per unit, more than twice the amount paid to any other Independent Power Producer.

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June 30, 2011

Fire and Security Pakistan 2010

Fire and Security Pakistan 2010

19 – 22 MAY 2010

KARACHI EXPO CENTRE

FIRE & SECURITY PAKISTAN 2010 – MEETING YOUR SAFETY NEEDS

BRINGING FIRE, SAFETY & SECURITY MARKET TO YOUR DOORSTEP

The International Fire & Security Exhibition & Conference – FIRE & SECURITY PAKISTAN serves as an excellent platform in Pakistan for indigenous as well as foreign companies to showcase their product range.

FIRE & SECURITY PAKISTAN 2009 proved to be an interactive and rewarding experience for the participants. It had the participation of 92 companies from 16 countries including Austria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, U.A.E., U.K. and U.S.A. The exhibition was visited by more than 7000 business professionals and was extensively covered by local and international media including 10 publications from countries like U.K., Russia, China and Pakistan.

The 6th International Fire & Security Exhibition & Conference – FIRE & SECURITY PAKISTAN 2010 will address multi-dimensional safety and security needs of the region. The exhibition will showcase a wide-array of fire fighting, safety and security equipments and systems by leading international and domestic manufacturers, traders and integrators. The show will bring a highly targeted audience from the related industries to witness state-of-the-art technology and reap benefits through excellent networking opportunities.

Scanners to be installed in major cities soon: Malik

ISLAMABAD : Scanners will be installed in major cities to ensure maximum security to the citizens. This was said by Interior Minister Rehman Malik Tuesday in an interview with a private TV channel.

The fixed scanners will be installed at rush locations, after which manual checking of vehicles will not be required, he said.

The mobile and fixed scanners will be imported from China , and the first shipment will reach soon.

In the recent past, about 62 terrorists and their facilitators have been nabbed on check posts; out of which 10 were suicide bombers.

The government will also establish a Students Elite Force, and about 5000 e-mails have been received so far from the students who wanted to work as volunteers under this force. -APP.

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Pogee 2010

19 – 22 MAY 2010

KARACHI EXPO CENTRE

Pakistan with an ideal geographic and strategic location serves as a corridor for the international supply routes of energy. Being a regional power house, the country possess opportunities of setting up the oil and gas pipelines as well as electricity grids within the region and with other neighbouring energy rich countries such as Iran, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Pakistan’s energy requirements are increasing every year and to meet the rising demand of energy, the government of Pakistan is currently focused on diversification of gas supplies, reconstruction of hydropower plants, construction of underground gas storage facilities, development of oil exploration & production, tapping of renewable energy resources, attracting foreign investment and privatisation of state-owned assets.

Pakistan is responding to the energy development challenge by pursuing a wide range of domestic and imported energy projects and in the year 2008 – 2009, the Oil, Gas and Energy industry has attracted Foreign Investment of about US$ 796 million.

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June 30, 2011

POGEE 2010

POGEE 2010

8th International Exhibition for the Energy Industry
(19 – 22 May 2010)

INTRODUCTION

Pakistan with an ideal geographic and strategic location serves as a corridor for the international supply routes of energy. Being a regional power house, the country possess opportunities of setting up the oil and gas pipelines as well as electricity grids within the region and with other neighbouring energy rich countries such as Iran, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Pakistan’s energy requirements are increasing every year and to meet the rising demand of energy, the government of Pakistan is currently focused on diversification of gas supplies, reconstruction of hydropower plants, construction of underground gas storage facilities, development of oil exploration & production, tapping of renewable energy resources, attracting foreign investment and privatisation of state-owned assets.

Pakistan is responding to the energy development challenge by pursuing a wide range of domestic and imported energy projects and in the year 2008 – 2009, the Oil, Gas and Energy industry has attracted Foreign Investment of about US$ 796 million.

OIL & GAS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

The location of Pakistan at the crossroads of Central Asia and the Arabian Sea has brought into spotlight its significance as an attractive market and a regional transit route for energy. Oil and Gas are the two major components of the energy mix which contribute 79% to the 63 million TOE of energy requirement in the country. The Government is formulating investor-friendly policies to increase the share of indigenous resources in the country. As a result of these policies, the Oil & Gas sector has attracted foreign direct investment of over US$ 700 million in 2008-09.

Pakistan is one of the largest consumers of gas in the region. It has a well developed and integrated infrastructure of transportation, distribution and utilisation of natural gas with 10,285 km of transmission and 93,961 km of distribution network. The two gas distribution companies plan to invest about US$ 400 million to increase the capacity of existing distribution network.

Up till now 725 wells have been drilled by various local and international exploration and production companies with 219 Oil & Gas discoveries, bringing the gas reserves to 30 TCF. An investment of US$ 1 billion was spent in drilling activities with 60 new wells drilled in 2008-09. At the same time, the crude oil recoverable reserves are estimated at 313 million barrels. The current production of oil is 66,532 barrels per day, whereas gas production is at 4 billion cubic feet per day.

Currently seven refineries are operating in the country with a refining capacity of 13 million tonnes per year.

Pakistan is now the largest CNG user in the world. Currently, 2700 CNG stations are operating with an investment of over US$ 1 billion, serving 2 million vehicles in the country.

LPG

LPG is environment-friendly and an economical fossil fuel available in the country. It is mainly used by the people living in remote areas, having no access to natural gas. Annual LPG consumption is 600,000 tonnes out of which 20% is met through imports. Total investment of US$ 200 million has already been made to develop the LPG supply infrastructure.

COAL

Pakistan has the 7th largest coal reserves in the world, estimated at over 185 billion tonnes of Coal. The country is producing 2.4 million tonnes of coal to meet the current coal consumption of 6.4 million tonnes while 4 million tonnes is imported to fulfill the energy requirement of the country. The Government has allocated an annual budget of US$ 25 million for the development of Thar Coal Infrastructure. Thar Coal project has the potential to cater to the increasing national energy requirement for decades with a relatively low unit cost.

THE SHOW – OIL & GAS PAKISTAN

Oil & Gas Pakistan is geared to be an exclusive trade exhibition, showcasing state-of-the-art equipment and machinery providing its participants with a comprehensive technical insight into the regional Oil & Gas industry.

POGEE, featuring Oil & Gas Pakistan and Power Technology Pakistan exhibitions, has established itself as the premier event catering to the Oil, Gas & Energy sectors. It serves as a convergence point for national and international companies to explore business opportunities in Pakistan . With unprecedented experience and reach, POGEE is the ideal venue to interact with key decision-makers and government officials, discuss areas of mutual cooperation, implement government plans and fulfill the future requirements of this industry in Pakistan.

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June 30, 2011

Looming power shortage: PSO threatens cut in oil supply

Rs131b are the receivables of PSO against different companies. DESIGN: MOHSIN ALAM

ISLAMABAD: 

A dispute between oil marketing giant, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and power generation companies has emerged once again due to delay in payment of dues as PSO threatened reduction in furnace oil supply, which may aggravate power situation in the country.


On Tuesday, PSO told Kot Addu Power Company (Kapco) and Hub Power Company (Hubco) that it was compelled to curtail furnace oil supply due to rising outstanding bills. Sources told The Express Tribune that PSO might default on Letters of Credit (LCs) opened for import of oil because of delay in clearance of dues by power-producing companies. “PSO’s import bill continues to increase and it is not in a position to retire LCs due to rising receivables against power sector,” a source said while quoting letters sent by PSO to Hubco and Kapco.


PSO, whose receivables have surged to Rs131 billion, has already requested the government to intervene in the matter as it immediately requires Rs69 billion to pay for maturing LCs for oil imports.


Earlier this month, the country faced a petrol shortage due to suspension of supplies from Attock Refinery Limited (ARL), National Refinery Limited (NRL) and Bosicor, prompting the need for heavy imports to meet demand.


According to sources, PSO was supplying 24,000 to 25,000 tons of furnace oil per day to power-producing companies amounting to around Rs40 billion per month. However, they said power companies were paying Rs15 billion per month to PSO and the low receipt of payments was piling pressure on the energy sector and increasing circular debt.


Sources said PSO had been demanding Rs25 billion per month on account of fuel supply but the power sector never responded to the demand.


On June 28, total receivables of PSO from different clients stood at Rs130.8 billion, including Rs30 billion from Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), Rs54 billion from Hubco, Rs28 billion from Kapco and the remaining from Oil and Gas Development Company, KESC and Pakistan Railways.


Earlier, PSO had suspended furnace oil supply to Wapda, Kapco and Hubco in February due to non-payment of dues, but it was later restored after the government’s intervention.


June 30, 2011

Power companies: USAID to continue assistance

USAID says that it will continue to provide support to power distribution companies.

ISLAMABAD: 

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has assured Pakistan that it will continue to provide assistance for power distribution companies to help them improve performance, increase revenues and overcome challenges for giving maximum relief to people.


USAID Power Distribution Improvement Programme’s Director Dick Dumford stated this at a workshop on Wednesday, sponsored by the US government in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Power for senior management officials of eight power distribution companies.


The workshop was aimed at introducing latest international practices in strategic planning with focus on improving operations of power companies, which will lead to an increase in revenues and better customer services.


US has committed to supporting Pakistan in reforming the energy sector and addressing power shortages. USAID implements assistance programmes, which also support completion of dams, renovation of power plants and introduction of efficient technologies.


Dumford said better management could help maximise business activities and added that capacity-building of personnel in power companies could be extremely helpful in revenue collection and confronting challenges.


“Until cash flow through the electric power system from the consumer to the fuel supplier is adequate to cover all power system costs, the system will not be able to attract investment, address outages, improve services and avoid dependence on government subsidies,” he said.


The assistance to power companies in improving their commercial performance would ultimately improve financial health of the entire power sector, he said, adding the training was led by international experts in strategic planning and change management, giving awareness of basic tools to handle challenges being faced by power companies.


Faisalabad Electric Supply Company CEO Tariq Mehmud Chattha declared that the company would strive to devise a better business plan next year and said efforts were being made to overcome the gap between supply and demand of power in the region.