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Port Qasim PP’s energy output exceeds 7.5b kWh

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BEIJING: The cumulative energy output of Port Qasim coal-fired power plant is up to 7.559 billion kWh with its aggregate grid output of 7.1 billion kWh.
The power generation capacity of Port Qasim power plant is equivalent to 10% of the current national power generation capacity in Pakistan, which has played an important role in promoting the structural adjustment and economic development of Pakistan’s power industry, according to a report of China Economic Net.
In April 2015, as the first implemented large-scale energy project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Implementation Agreement and Power Purchase Agreement of Port Qasim Power Project were signed under the witness of two countries’ leaders during President Xi’s visit to Pakistan.
POWERCHINA has completed construction of this project within only 32 months and both units were synchronized ahead of the required schedule. On April 25, 2018, Port Qasim coal-fired power plant entered into commercial operation smoothly.
In the future, the average annual energy output is around nine billion kWh, which is expected to support 4 million local families’ and more than 20 million peoples’ daily power consumption and effectively improve the local power shortage situation and provide continuous power for Pakistan’s economic development.
As one of the high-quality and demonstration projects under the CPEC, Port Qasim Power Project is of great significance to Pakistan.
By adopting Chinese capital, Chinese advanced standards, technology, and equipment, Port Qasim power plant has integrated its superior chain resources of investment, design, supervision, engineering, and operation, which greatly reduce the investment cost and operation cost of a coal-fired power plant.
The tariff of Port Qasim power plant is below the average tariff level in Pakistan. It will alleviate the power shortage in Pakistan and optimize its power structure by “replacing oil with coal”. It will also have a profound impact on promoting infrastructure construction and economic development and improving people’s livelihood.
During construction, the Chinese company attached great importance to sharing advanced engineering technologies with Pakistan, promoting the improvement of Pakistan’s industrial level. It has been actively exploring qualified and potential local subcontractors and establishing good engineering subcontracting links with them.
The company shares advanced engineering technology and management concepts and enhances the training and education for local senior technicians and management personnel in the fields of engineering technology, safety, quality, and etc.
There is a keen focus on people’s livelihood and responsibility. It takes green development and ecological environmental protection as an important part of the development by permeating the “Green and Scientific Development” philosophy throughout the construction.
Port Qasim Power Project adopts super core units independently designed and manufactured in China.
Compared with traditional fuel oil generating units, the super core coal-fired generating units have higher power generation efficiency and are more environmentally friendly.
The plant adopts seawater secondary circulating and cooling, seawater desalination system, as well as limestone-gypsum wet Flue Gas Desulfurization, and is in compliance with local and World Bank’s environmental standards. It can maintain the local blue sky and clean water through the concept of “strictly clean power generation”.
By upholding the principle of “openness, cooperation, mutual benefit, and win-win outcome”, the company has been promoting “localization strategy” and “differentiated management” to increase the employment of Pakistani workforces.
It creates over 4,000 employment opportunities for the local people in the peak period of construction. Furthermore, more than 600 long-term stable employment opportunities have been provided after the entry of commercial operation.
Also, the project indirectly increases local jobs by over ten thousand in relevant fields such as materials supply, equipment transportation, legal advice, financial audit etc.
Till present, Port Qasim coal-fired power plant has paid more than 167 million US dollars of different kinds of taxes and duties to the federal and provincial governments of Pakistan.

 

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Don’t make Hajj deals before Policy

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ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has asked the general public to avoid depositing hajj dues in any bank or Hajj Group Organiser (HGO) directly or indirectly before the announcement of Hajj Policy 2019.

The ministry has warned strict action against the banks and HGO, who are receiving hajj dues directly or indirectly from the general public sans permission of the ministry, said a news release. The ministry said receiving hajj dues is illegal and liable to legal action as the ministry has not yet announced Hajj Policy 2019 and thus not yet allowed any bank or HGO to receive hajj  applications or dues from the general public.

Hajj policy would be duly publicized on media and also placed at website www.hajjinfo.org People must not submit hajj applications or ink hajj agreement with any HGOs without permission of the ministry.  The ministry has not yet authorized any HGO or bank in this regard. The ministry will not be responsible if any person deposits hajj dues in any unauthorized bank or HGOs. The person concerned will be responsible for his such deeds.

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PIA finalizing a business plan: NA told

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Aviation Division Muhammad Mian Soomro today informed the National Assembly that PIA was in process of finalizing its Strategic Business Plan to improve its performance.
Responding to a question during Question Hour he said, “the plan will be submitted to the federal government in March/April 2019. It defines the objectives and strategies that are to be achieved.”
Sharing the steps taken by the government to improve the performance of PIA, he said several profitable new routes like Sialkot-Sharjah, Lahore-Muscat, Islamabad-Doha and Lahore-Bangkok-Kuala  Lumpur have been added. “These routes are going very strong and are economically viable,” he added. He said, more new routes Sialkot-Paris-Barcelona, Peshawar-Sharjah, Peshawar-Al-Ain, Multan-Sharjah and Jeddah, and Madinah will commence from January and February 2019.
He said that 20-year old and highly expensive software system had been replaced with a new one which was very cost effective, economical and more efficient. The government had terminated about 200 ghost employees, he added. He said that VIP protocols had been abolished and the employees had been deployed on real assignments. He said that 90 percent flight punctuality had been achieved. “Delays of flights have been
cut down significantly by better planning in engineering, flight operation, and ground handling departments,” he informed. To another question, he said currently, PIA leased fleet included 20 aircraft acquired on a dry lease basis.
The minister further said as a result of verification, 700 degrees of employees were found fake and out of which, 402 employees were terminated, and 35 cases were under process for disciplinary proceedings whereas 263 employees approached the court of law and sought stay orders.

 

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Contain population: SC

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court today directed the government, civil society, and religious scholars to take steps to tackle the country’s burgeoning population growth rate.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, announced the verdict on the case.
The apex court had taken suo motu notice of the explosive increase in the country’s population back in July last year. The court termed the increase in the population is an explosion and said there is a need to launch a nationwide campaign to tackle the issue.
In the judgment, the Chief Justice observed that the increasing population is a question mark on the future generations and the entire nation needs to be united in tackling population growth.

 

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