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Special assistant to the chief adviser, M Tamim, on Thursday said that the government would take

US regulators are proposing to weaken air quality laws, which would allow new coal-fired power plants to pollute US parks from Shenandoah in Virginia to the Great Basin in Nevada, a new report said on Thursday. Amid rising power demand and flat US natural gas output, electricity generators are seeking to build power plants fired by abundant coal. The fuel is cheap compared with other fossil fuels, but emits more pollutants, such as mercury and smog components sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, as well as the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

George Unzelman, has more than 50 years of refining experience and has been in the industry during some of its most dramatic changes-some predicted, some results of opposition. In an opinion editorial, Unzelman shares his observations and predictions moving forward.

The Sindh cabinet has decided to investigate alleged wrongdoings in the signing of memorandums of understanding for the Thar coal power project and take action against those responsible. The cabinet decided in a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah here on Tuesday to expedite implementation of the project with the help of the federal government to overcome the energy shortage.

Petrobangla and the Energy Division will jointly organise a symposium on

Negotiations between Nippon Steel Corp. and Australian and British mining giant BHP Billiton are likely to result in a 200 percent spike in the price of coking coal in the next business year, sources said Saturday. JFE Steel Corp. and other major Japanese steelmakers are likely to accept price rises of similar magnitude, the sources said. Overall costs for the Japanese steel industry are likely to be pushed up by

There seems to be a serious divide within the Planning Commission over the implementation of the country's first $8-billion coal-to-liquid (CTL) project by the Tata group and its South African partner Sasol. The inter-ministerial group (IMG) headed by Planning Commission member (energy) Kirit Parikh had in February-end, given its consent to the Tata-Sasol project. The Tata group has sought access to 30 million tonne a year of coal for producing 3 million barrels of oil and 1,500 mw of power for the CTL project.

POWER sector financing company Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Railways technical advisory wing RITES, on Thursday, signed an MoU to jointly import coal from countries, including Africa, to ease s

The Power and Energy Ministry has taken steps to begin the construction of the second and third coal fired power plants in Sampur and Velvuur in Trincomalee in June, a ministry official said.