First layer of indigenous coal has successfully been unearthed in Thar Coal Block II.
According to Sindh Engro Coal Mining, the coal was unearthed today at a depth of 140 meters below the surface, which is a great success.
It said the successful extraction of the first coal seam not only proves that Thar’s indigenous coal is exploitable but can produce thousands of megawatts of cheap electricity for many decades.
The entire coal production will be supplied to Engro Powergen Thar Limited which is putting up a 660 megawatt of power plant which is likely to start power generation this year.
Source of the News: http://www.radio.gov.pk/10-06-2018/first-layer-of-indigenous-coal-successfully-unearthed-in-thar-coal-block-ii
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Russia have finalized a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for conducting a ‘feasibility study’ of the planned undersea gas pipeline involving four countries — Pakistan, Iran, Russia and India.
Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal said on Friday that the ministries of the energy of both countries have finalized a MoU for conducting the feasibility study for implementation of the undersea gas pipeline project.
The purpose of the MoU was to assist in providing support for the realization of the project which has been under discussion since last year, he added
The spokesman said based on the results of the feasibility study, the two countries would take a decision for the future of the project.
Moreover, he said that Russia’s keen desire was to promote energy cooperation with Pakistan as the two countries are moving ahead with strengthened bilateral relations, adding that the two countries had concluded various proposals in the energy sector, including construction of North-South Gas Pipeline, import of LNG from Russia, installation of air mix plant and establishing a 600MW combined cycle power plant.
Responding to a question, Dr. Faisal denied that the new project would replace the stalled Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. “The IP gas pipeline is a separate project,” he clarified.
Last week, it was reported Pakistan and Russia were all set to formally ink a billion-dollar energy deal for the construction of an offshore gas pipeline and the supply of gas to Pakistan as Russia wants to export gas to South Asian countries.
Source of the news: https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/pakistan-russia-to-conduct-feasibility-study-for-undersea-gas-project/
Pakistan has massive deposits of 10,159 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of shale gas and 2.3 trillion barrels of oil – estimates that are several times higher than figures given by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), reveals a study conducted with the help of US Agency for International Development (USAID).
EIA had reported in April 2011 that 206 tcf of shale gas was present in the lower Indus Basin, of which 51 tcf were technically recoverable.
However, in June 2013, EIA revised the estimate upwards to 586 tcf, of which 105 tcf were tipped as technically recoverable. Apart from gas, EIA also saw the presence of 9.1 billion barrels of shale oil that were technically recoverable out of the estimated deposits of 227 billion barrels.
Speaking at a press conference, Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the study was undertaken with the support of USAID in January 2014, and was completed in November this year.
He said the study confirmed that Pakistan had 10,159 tcf of shale gas and 2,323 billion barrels of oil reserves.
Source of the news: https://tribune.com.pk/story/994883/hydrocarbon-presence-pakistan-has-10159-tcf-of-shale-gas-deposits-usaid/