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Plan B - Part One

Published Jul 17, 2012 08:39am

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@AsifAmeer_AP Jul 23, 2012 10:38am
Guys, someone needs to talk about MARINE TURBINES. An underwater turbine producing electricity from moving water current. This structure alone can power Karachi and coastal regions of Balochistan, taking them off-grid.
Humayun Habib Jul 28, 2012 12:31pm
How come domestic consumption is greater than Industrial ? Does it include commercial / industrial connection on Domestic rates ?
Malik Jul 24, 2012 03:53pm
this piece of information is the replica of the recent CNN based energy article, but Job well done (as we are following the foot steps of China)
Saad Jul 26, 2012 05:21pm
Well said. Water is going to be a major issue in coming years. Already a lot of time has been wasted. Pakistan MUST built dams. Its an urgent need of the hour!
Muhammad Aijaz Umer Jul 25, 2012 02:53pm
Dawn always educate the masses in every sector. This article is also a very good article representing the present scenario. I am also of the view that we need to shift thermal power generation on imported coal as the local coal quality in term of heating value is very low,it has a huge quantity of moisture in it, the explration cost is high which will increase the cost of energy/KWh. I am in Agreement with Saad Aijaz that the simple solution of Pakistan Energy crises is to set up all thermal generation on coal and in the Northern side of the country tap the potential of hydraluic Enegry.These type of power plant will work as a base load power plant. No dought we need to tap solar and wind enrgy but it will be expensive due to low availability as sun not shine 24hours and wind is not blowing at more than 4 m/sec for 24 hours so the energy availability on per annum basis will not be more than 30 % while with coal and hyrdrluic dam we can reach more than 90 % availabilty. The availabilty of energy is an opportunity cost. Muhammad Aijaz Umer
Humayun Jul 28, 2012 12:33pm
Alternative Energy is negligble compared to the potential of Solar and Wind Power !!! Lack of planning & vision, and mismanagement I guess.
Taimur Ali Jul 24, 2012 03:40pm
Beautifully done piece.
@Salimmastan Jul 23, 2012 01:38pm
Pakistan imports $15 billion of oil , why? we have been saying grow Jatropha and ethanol , if Brazil in a few years eliminated the import of oil from 77% to 0% why not Pakistan. we have shown that we can do it
bilal Jul 24, 2012 01:51pm
very interesting article with good stats hope we learn from it good show DAWN
Saud Q. Jul 25, 2012 01:33pm
Dawn has done a great job outlining the power usage failure statistics in Pakistan. If we continue to bring awareness to corrupt politicians, we may get lucky one of these days to do something about this huge power shortage. Yes, Pakistan has tremendoudly suffered through power shortages and is thrown back many years behind econimically either by power shortages or terrorsim. As a result, people of Pakistan are greatly suffering, which has resulted in attempted suicides, depression, mental diseases, aggression and increased crime. I wish if our politician put their thinking cap on becasue World Bank can only as much but our destiny is in our own hands. Additionally, nations around the world think ahead of the population increase and related power supply, which Pakistan has failed to do so in the hand of our drunk politicians. We can be better!
Ahsan Jul 25, 2012 01:17pm
Coal is a good solution but we need renewable sources. On top of that, it will be near impossible to regulate carbon emissions in Pakistan. Carbon emission is one of the major concerns of nations using coal as a primary source for energy at the moment. Theoretically, wind farm near Gawadar was brilliant idea!
Ahmad Jul 26, 2012 12:07pm
i think your comment is abyssmal
syed yaad ali Jul 29, 2012 09:41am
very good illustration and explanation about on-going crisis of energy...well done Dawn
gran badshah Jul 26, 2012 07:02pm
very informative article indeed
Mansoor shah Jul 27, 2012 09:02am
Those of you who liked this must also see Planning Commission info graphics on the Frameworg for Economic Growth done a few months go. I recommend Dawn should use them for discussion on economi growth and growth policy. Got to to see them.
Taimur Jul 23, 2012 01:14pm
Great work Dawn! We need useful, constructive articles/multimedia presentations/analyses like this where we can actually debate on important stuff. Keep it up! :)
Ahsan Jul 23, 2012 01:33pm
very interactive! love it! i have been dying to come across some article or source which communicates how the average Pakistani can harness solar energy, for at least domestic use!
Saad Jul 23, 2012 11:44am
Very well done DAWN. Brilliant graphics and excellent presentation of topic.
ighani Jul 23, 2012 01:02pm
Interesting article with graphics.
@Salimmastan Jul 23, 2012 04:55pm
grow Jatropha and eliminate all power shortage Brazil uses bio fuels , from 77% to 0% in a few years we can do it too, we can export bio fuels pl see our videos on you-tube we have put over 200 videos
Waqasul Hassan Jul 28, 2012 07:22am
Well I'm Civil Engineer working on First ever private 49.5MV Wind Power Plant By FFCEL in Jhampir, the project is about to complete in next month, only electrical work is pending. However, Zorlu Energy is working on about 56.4MV wind farm and civil work is complete while mechanical and electrical work is on its way. On the same footings, 100MV Wind Power Project is started this month in Gharo and would take 9 month to complete.
KRACHID Jul 23, 2012 06:15pm
I am sorry but Pakistan is not oil rich since it produces only 59,000 BPSD crude oil
Sana Jul 23, 2012 06:28pm
Absolutely brilliant!! But just wanted to point out that the coal and power links are messed up.. Definitely not pointing flaws or anything, the graphics and the article is top notch!
Waqasul Hassan Jul 28, 2012 07:27am
It is indicated that 3 wind turbines are producing 6MV, however there are 5 wind turbines of 1.2MV each out of which 1 is out of order. this means currently 4 wind turbines of Zorlu energy, combined producing 4.8MV now a days.
Shahid Pervez Jul 23, 2012 09:15pm
Though we know the consumption of energy but, as usual, most of us are still starving to know the actual power generating capacity of the whole sector at the start of he energy crisis some twenty years ago and now. We also deserve to know the pace at which the gap between supply and demand grew. The people of Pakistan must also be made aware of the reason of this shortfall of supply. Since the successive governments, politicians and media have always been rhetoric about the crisis itself without analysing the cause and corrective measures taken, if any, the general public like myself have been left with no choice other than to believe that this is a crisis by design. I hope that some analyst with DAWN will throw light on this crisis with its real perspective.
Mujtaba Jul 24, 2012 12:19am
ujmalik Jul 24, 2012 03:34am
a giant leap for Dawn and of course interactive news telling in Pakistan. Good job! Plus I hope DAWN can work on this to make the illustrations more meaningful.
Paguma Larvata Jul 24, 2012 03:55am
This is excellent! I am a regular reader of The Economist and always like their graphical presentation. This is on par with The Economist. Brilliant job DAWN!
@dodgy_helmet Jul 24, 2012 05:00am
We must realise that the temptation to jump to renewable energy sources as the answer must be resisted. If you do not have enough base load capacity, renewables cannot reliability fill that gap. The ultimate problem is criminal inefficiency and neglect along with bad (or lack of) asset management policies on behalf of the electricity distributors.
M Younis Soomro Jul 24, 2012 05:37am
There is a problem in links under tha 'MAPPING THE OVERVIEW OF ENERGY IN PAKISTAN'. The 'COAL' link shows the Natural gas reserves and the 'POWER' Link shows the Coal reserves.
Ali Jul 25, 2012 09:01am
Energy is one thing but water is a bigger crisis coming up in next few years. Now the publics stomachs are full and they are able to agitate, to burn and damage cars and property. But when the stomachs are empty how will people get the "ENERGY" just to agitate? Water is God's gift and provides us life and food. Please build dams for water; water for agriculture. Electricity will be just a by-product then and cheaper than your imagination.
VARUN Jul 24, 2012 06:39am
That was literally cool presentation DAWN. You guys are trend makers for Pakistan
Ahsan Jul 25, 2012 01:12pm
Well, it's Pakistan we're talking about at the end of the day :)
rabia Jul 25, 2012 05:18am
good job. the government could do with one of these. I bet they have nothing even as simple
Saad Aijaz Jul 25, 2012 06:21am
Simple solution for Pakistan is to shift of Coal. Our failure is that we have negligible power production through coal. Coal is very cheap internationally and we can even import all we want. We can side by side try to extract our own but extracting Pakistan coal is cheaper than importing it. The Thar Coal Quality is very low to make it commercially feasible to extract. Importing Coal is much cheaper option and Pakistan Energy Crisis can be solved easily. Relying on Oil and Gas is the biggest failure of policy makers. Giant economies like USA and China and almost all other advance nation have majority production by Coal. India is importing coal and producing from Coal. Every year they are adding thousands of megawatt in power grid. Because we were getting free or subsidized oil from gulf made us shift towards oil based power plants. Now that free oil has stopped and we are in trouble.
Guest UK Jul 25, 2012 09:34am
Pakistan has all the resources, all we need is will, committment and honest people to lead the way.
Aamir Jul 25, 2012 09:44am
I am working in Centrica and always tried to get some information or a summary of energy sector in Pakistan. Really got everything I was looking for in one article. Absolutely fabolous. Keep up the good work DAWN and special thanks to the people involved in collating this information.
Nasir Ali Jul 29, 2012 05:53am
Dame and nuclear power plant required.
Majid Hasan Jul 25, 2012 05:40pm
Solar as well Wind turbine energy should be pursued to it optimum limits. Both have enormous potentials in southern parts of Punjab, sindh and Balouchistan. Bold initivates are required on part of the Government to provide leverage to privates investors. One wind turbine is capable of generating 1.5 megawatt to 10 megawatt of clean energy. Well done Dawn. Excellent work. Please do under take such like studies in other fields social, cultural, industrial and how to reform education.
taimur Jul 25, 2012 07:28pm
where is the generation capacity, i also want actual figures for generation capacity, not just percentages.
farhad Jul 26, 2012 07:59am
Very well presented.... Terrorist activities and its impact on Pakistani society and economy, US Pakistan relations should also be prepared in same fashion... Its a great start by DAWN... Daily Guardian have given a similar interactive map of ARAB SPRING... DAWN! Keep it up....
mohammad Jul 26, 2012 12:28am
Usman Jul 26, 2012 02:01am
Excellent work
Muhammad Aijaz Umer Jul 26, 2012 08:33am
Your views are more practical, I will add one thing that country needs to tap hydropotential in the Northren side and convert all oil Fired power plant on imported Coal , For your information a coal fired boiler for a unit of 210MW will not cost more than 70MUSD, which can be recover in three to four years. Muhammad Aijaz umer
Muhammad Aijaz Umer Jul 26, 2012 08:41am
At the moment there is no regulation in place to control Cabondioxide emmission, Pakistan is emmitting very less Cabon dioxide per captita and I think in near futer there may be no regulation on carbondixide emission although there are carbon credits available. All the advance Nation has coal power generation as expalined by Saad Aijaz, so please vote for coal generation as coal generation power plant are based load power plant having very high availability while solar or wind has only 30 % avialbility .Availabilty in Economics is an oppotunity cost.