Tag: Pakistan

Dirty UCO still a major problem in Pakistan despite attempts to divert it into biodiesel

Dirty UCO still a major problem in Pakistan despite attempts to divert it into biodiesel

January 2, 2020 |

In Pakistan, the Business Recorder newspaper reports that the government’s attempts to divert dirty used cooking oil from the food supply chain into biodiesel is running into challenges to create real change as demonstrated by another group of oil smugglers who were caught recently by police. Four vehicles containing nearly 25,000 liters of rancid oil […]

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Pakistan government seeks to ban wheat straw as fuel

Pakistan government seeks to ban wheat straw as fuel

December 29, 2019 |

In Pakistan, the Express Tribune reports that the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has recommended that provincial governments should ban the burning of wheat straw in fields and as a fuel. Wheat straw is used in pulp and paper production but is being used for alternative fuel recently which is leading to shortages of wheat […]

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Pakistan’s competition commission calls for alternatives to wheat straw for power due to scarcity

Pakistan’s competition commission calls for alternatives to wheat straw for power due to scarcity

December 25, 2019 |

In Pakistan, the Tribune newspaper reports that the national competition commission has ordered an end to the use of wheat straw as feedstock for power generation because the demand for use in biofuel has led to a shortage that is in turn negatively impacting the pulp and paper industry that relies on wheat straw as […]

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Pakistan ethanol exports jumped to $425 million in revenues in 2018

Pakistan ethanol exports jumped to $425 million in revenues in 2018

January 21, 2019 |

In Pakistan, the Dawn newspaper reports that ethanol exports soared last year to 653,443 metric tons compared to 572,056 tons in 2017. The average price for the ethanol exported was $650 per ton, brining receipts for 2018 to around $425 million. Currently there are 18 distilleries producing anhydrous ethanol, ENA and industrial ethanol. In the […]

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Pakistan tightens molasses trade for ethanol production to better control sugar industry

Pakistan tightens molasses trade for ethanol production to better control sugar industry

December 18, 2018 |

In Pakistan, local press reports that the cabinet’s Economic Coordination Committee has tightened the trade of molasses for ethanol production, requiring it to be bought by ethanol producers directly from sugar mills or for mills to use it themselves to produce ethanol. Though the trade of ethanol, 95% of which is exported, is well documented, […]

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Pakistan’s oil company launches jatropha pilot project

Pakistan’s oil company launches jatropha pilot project

December 19, 2016 |

In Pakistan, the country’s national oil company has launched a jatropha-based biodiesel pilot project outside Karachi in an effort to trial opportunities that could help reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The minister for water and power said the project needs to be fast tracked in order to develop alternative energy sources for the national market […]

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Pakistani researchers develop low-temperature pre-treatment for straw

Pakistani researchers develop low-temperature pre-treatment for straw

July 3, 2014 |

In Pakistan, researchers at the country’s University of Agriculture have developed a low-temperature enzyme pre-treatment for using wheat straw as feedstock for cellulosic ethanol. Using the natural enzymes obtained directly from fungus, the researchers achieved a yield of 33.5 g/liter of ethanol, which they say could be increased significantly using an advanced molecular approach.  

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Ethanol expansion project seen boosting bottom line for Pakistani mills

Ethanol expansion project seen boosting bottom line for Pakistani mills

January 30, 2014 |

In Pakistan, an ethanol expansion project is set to come online in March that will help secure the bottom line of the three sugar mills involved: Mehran Sugar Mills, Faran Sugar Mills and Mirpurkhas Sugar Mills. Though the project was initially set to come online in December, it is still expected that revenues from the […]

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Pakistan signs MOU with India-based Universal Biomass for a 15MWe generation plant

Pakistan signs MOU with India-based Universal Biomass for a 15MWe generation plant

January 6, 2014 |

In Pakistan, the Punjab Agriculture Secretary Dr. Ejz Muneer, Punjab Energy Department Chief Engineer Iftikhar Ahmad Randhawa, and Director Pareet Singh Badal of India-based Universal Biomass Energy signed an MOU for technical assistance in the construction of a 15MWe biomass electrical generation facility. According to the article in The Nation, the plant would be transferred […]

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Novozymes to turn up focus on Pakistan

Novozymes to turn up focus on Pakistan

December 29, 2013 |

In Denmark, Novozymes will increase its focus on Pakistan in the coming year after working in the country for 13 years. At a reception to mark the 13 years of cooperation, Tina Fano, VP of Business Operations, indicated that “Pakistan with its large and diversified industries can develop new value-adding products and mark its positive […]

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