It was optimistic thinking on the part of consumers that in the wake of reduced oil prices OGRA will be constrained to reduce RLNG price to levels which make RLNG affordable for locals. Common consumers in domestic, commercial and industrial categories who have no associations like APTMA, APCMA and FMPAC in Pakistan to watch their interests are swiftly losing confidence in OGRA. CONSUMERS HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY MISTAKEN IN RELYING ON OGRA FOR SAFEGUARD OF CONSUMER INTERESTS because of continuation of anomalies in OGRA RLNG pricing notification. Despite a significant reduction in world oil prices OGRA has been consistent about its determination that supports continuation of anomalies in RLNG Pricing.
In order to take up gas theft and leakage prevention in a pipeline system seriously and conclusively the first thing required to be done by management is to eliminate guess work – technical managers operating the system have developed trivial stories over time which are convenient for the consumption of general public and political leaders who are less familiar with technicalities involved in the process of gas theft and leakage prevention in pipelines. Such un-professional arguments are often supported (or not opposed) by regulators, like OGRA in Pakistan, due to absence of strong opposition during public hearings because of vested interests. Thus gas theft and leakage prevention in pipelines is often misunderstood as an issue that is to be rectified by political leaders alone without any technical support work and sometimes vice a versa.
UFG is a technical issue and pipeline repair is the key to control UFG (Un-accounted For Gas) or LAUF (Lost And Un-accounted For) gas, provided metering is done accurately. SNGPL and SSGC have been in the habit of dealing with UFG as a political and security phenomena with OGRA always sympathetic towards their cause. These two companies have never considered lack of pipeline repair and maintenance as the main cause of their un-controllable UFG, besides metering and billing anomalies. This article serves to provide info for existing professionals in such utility companies to drive an initiative to compel their management to act more professionally in dealing with UFG.
Electric Vehicles have been an important consideration to implement clean energy technologies for transport to support global efforts towards transition to sustainable energy use. Pakistan has recently announced National Electric Vehicle policy to incentivize electric vehicle use in Pakistan. As such the public needs to be aware about how electric vehicles compare with alternatives – pros and cons of electric vehicles.
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY supplies comprise primary energy supplies of renewables, oil, gas (RLNG) and electricity which make business, environmental and social sense under minimum possible subsidy application. Pakistan needs to rethink sustainable energy beyond Covid 19 in the light of suggestions of Dr Angela Wilkinson (Secretary General & CEO, World Energy Council). She wrote in the latest edition of WEC-Issues Monitor:
(Used by permission of World Energy Council)
Listen to the beautiful song based on 99 names of ALLAH Kareem “La Illaha Illa Allah”. This indicates that situations like COVID 19 returned human love for ALLAH. All the devastation, economic or medical, brought by COVID 19 has compelled all humans to look towards ALLAH for Blessing.
Prime Minister PM Imran Khan has recently directed a select group of ministers and advisors to ensure a system of energy reforms including petroleum sector reforms to maximize public relief in the shape of reduced utility bills. He also emphasized that this system should also build public confidence and support for government initiatives for successful implementation.
Yes it is interesting to note that US Trillion Trees Act follows footsteps of CPEC Ten Billion Trees initiative in Pakistan. CPEC projects are now integrating PM Imran Khan’s Ten Billion Trees initiative and entire CPEC corridor will be planted with trees. This environment sustainability drive has started from D.I. Khan Segment (shown in picture below) as part of CPEC corridor. Lines of new plantations can be seen filling road shoulders – a building reality of CPEC Ten Billion Trees initiative.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Health Dr Zafar Mirza during a press conference on Feb 01, 2020 assured that a comprehensive plan is in place to cater an eventuality of spread of Corona virus in Pakistan. On similar lines, the economic managers in Pakistan also need to immediately chalk out an emergency economic plan post Corona Virus CPEC – China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Barron’s reported that during SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic in 2003, Chinese stocks tumbled 7% in the week after Beijing announced the outbreak, and China’s economy contracted by 2.4 percentage points in the third quarter of 2003, though the overall hit to gross domestic product that year was about one percentage point – just a few possibilities of post corona virus CPEC.
Democracy is people (leaders) working for people (masses). I learnt over time (the hard way) that both new government leaders and government veterans with years of experience can easily ignore the people side of management. In fact, such ignorance of government and corporate leaders of having this blind spot is a result of the fact that their focus is so driven by external results and building an organization or society that is successful in the long-term is the last thing on the minds of these leaders.