KARACHI: Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar on Saturday supported the Sindh government’s decision to close commercial centers and markets for two days a week given the alarming spread of coronavirus cases in the country.
He spoke with media people and businessmen during his visit to the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry here.
Asad warned that a decision could be taken to shut down the entire economy if timely steps were not taken to protect against coronavirus infection. He said the government had promised to supply 900MW of electricity to Karachi this year, but that now 1,000MW of electricity would be supplied to the city.
He said the government had tried to launch Green Line bus services in Karachi in August this year while efforts to further improve Karachi Loop Rail services were being pursued.
He said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project was continuing with success and was being expanded as well to increase employment opportunities in the country. He said rising prices had emerged as the biggest challenge for the government. He said China had invested in the first industrial zone to be established in Pakistan under CPEC. He hopes a major federally funded construction project in Karachi will be completed by the end of this year.
KARACHI: The entrepreneur on Saturday asked the Sindh government to revise its decision to close all types of commercial / business activities for two consecutive days a week.
“This move is tantamount to the mass murder of anxious small traders and shopkeepers who are in dire crisis and struggling very hard to maintain their businesses,” a Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) official wrote in a letter to the provincial government.
The letters were sent to Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Minister of Regional Government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Principal Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, and Commissioner Karachi Navid Ahmed Shaikh.
Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Group Zubair Motiwala and KCCI President Shariq Vohra in the letter pointed out that the Karachi Chamber is well aware of the fact that the third spell of the coronavirus pandemic is more dangerous and they continue to support government initiatives from time to time.
“We greatly appreciate all the efforts made by the Sindh government to prevent further spread of the pandemic, but the decision to completely close down the business for two consecutive days is not a good idea,” they said in the letter.
“About eight to ten days before Ramadan ul Mubarak and also the last fifteen to twenty days of the holy month are very important for business because this is the peak season so if businesses are prohibited from carrying out their activities on these days, it will prove to be a disaster for them as long as next year. “
They underlined that the government must find other viable solutions to save everyone from the pandemic and also ensure there is no damage to poor shop owners and small traders who are unable to carry out further shocks.
“In this case, business and industry are ready to fully comply with all SOPs including the use of masks, gloves and sanitizers etc., apart from closing shops, in addition to ensuring adequate social distancing in the market.”
They warned that closing businesses for two days in a row would bankrupt many businesses, trigger massive unemployment and chaos, in addition to creating a situation where people would die of poverty, unemployment, mental stress, hunger, or hunger, not because of poverty, unemployment, mental stress, hunger or hunger. corona virus. .
When the initial closure of Victoria’s second-largest coal-fired power plant was announced last week, something the energy minister said was less than complete.
Yallourn, in the Latrobe Valley, provides up to 20 percent victorian powers. Has been in operation for 47 years. Since the end of 2017 at least one in four of its units has been damaged 50 times. The workforce double for three to four months at most years to deal with the damage. It’s pumping out 3 percent Australian carbon emissions.
On Wednesday, Energy Australia gave seven years notice of its intention to close it mid 2028, four years earlier than previously announced, that is likely the regulator have been prepared.
And there he finished it, without going into detail about what really mattered. South Australia and Victoria now have files Lowest wholesale power in the National Electricity Market – true, lowest.
Coal-fired power plants shut down, then prices drop
Before the North closed, South Australia owned Australia the tallest price.
Five years after Northern’s closure in 2016, and four years after Hazelwood’s 2017 closure, South Australia and Victoria have wholesale prices. one third lower than in NSW and two fifths lower than in Queensland.
Something happened after the close (mostly as a result of the close) that forced the price down.
South Australia is becoming a renewable powerhouse.
Australian National University Hugh Saddler shows that renewable resources – gridded wind and solar – now account for 62 per cent of the electricity supplied to South Australia’s grid, and sometimes to all of the.
Most of it is produced near Port Augusta, where the coal-fired power plants in the North and Playford used to be, because that’s where the transmission line starts.
Being cheaper than the power generated by old brown coal fired power plants, sometimes there is so much that it sends a price negative, meaning the generator is paid to shut down to avoid putting more power into the system than the user can take away.
That’s one of the reasons for shutting down coal-fired power stations: it’s difficult to shut down. They are just as difficult to turn on, and quite difficult to come up with.
Coal cannot respond quickly
There are times (like when the wind isn’t blowing and there’s not much sun, like last Friday in South Australia) when prices can get very high.
But coal-fired power stations, particularly brown coal-fired plants like Victoria’s Hazelwood and Yallourn and Victoria’s two remaining large power plants, Loy Yang A and B, cannot quickly scale up to take advantage of them.
Although “can be sent“In the technical sense of the term used by the minister, coal-fired power plants cannot fill the gap quickly.
Batteries can respond immediately to loss of power from other sources (although not for a long time), hydro can respond 30 to 70 seconds, the gas peak plant can respond inside minute.
But coal can barely move. As with nuclear power, coal power must be turned on (in this case it can only be increased slowly) or turned off, in which case starting it from scratch would be too slow.
What was once a feature is now a bug
That’s why coal-fired generators operate 24-7, to provide the so-called base load, because they can’t do anything else.
The brown coal generator is the least deliverable. Brown coal is about 60 percent water. To make it flare up and still simmer, a sustainable ultra-high temperature is required. Yallourn’s units must either keep burning coal at high output (however low or negative the price) or turn it off.
On the days when other resources could be turned on and off at will, this wasn’t too big of a deal.
Hydro or gas can be turned on in the morning when we turn on the lights and heaters and factories start operating, and coal power can be gradually increased.
At night, when the demand for coal power is reduced, some can be made by offering inexpensive off-peak water heaters.
But those days are gone. Nationally, wind and sun are included in the solar supply on the roof 20 percent of our needs. It turns on and off at will.
The wind often blows hard at night. What characterizes coal – its ability to provide steady power rather than fill in gaps – has become a bug.
Gas and batteries can fill in gaps that coal cannot hold
It is as if our power system has become a puzzle with the immovable pieces provided by the wind and the sun. It’s our job to fill in the blanks.
To some extent, as a Prime Minister said gas would be a transitional fuel, capable of filling the gap in a way coal could not. But fuel became expensive, and batteries were installed everywhere.
Energy Australia plans to replace Yallourn’s power plant with Australia first four hour utility scale battery with a capacity of 350 megawatts, more than any battery operating in the world today. South Australia is planning a bigger one, up 900 megawatts.
Australian’s Future Fund and AGL Energy are investing $ 2.7 billion in wind farms in NSW and Queensland that will fill gaps in different ways – peak yields at different times compared to wind farms in South Australia and Victoria.
Filling the gaps won’t be easy, and had we not gone this way there might still be a role for coal, but the further down we go, the less coal can help.
As cheap as coal power is, it is forced out of the system by a power source that is cheaper and easier to deliver. We can’t go back.
Peter Martin is a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.This article was originally published on The Conversation.
ISLAMABAD: On Sunday PPPP worried that the evidence of the camera scandal could be destroyed by closing the MPR Secretariat on the pretext of disinfection. “There are concerns that the evidence of the camera scandal will be destroyed by freezing the MPR’s activities under the pretext of disinfection of the DPR,” said Secretary of the PPPP Information Center Shazia Marri in response to the decision to close the MPR Secretariat for two days. purpose of disinfection. He said Imran Khan was trying to rescue those involved in installing cameras in the Senate hall during the election for Senate chairman. He said the government can also delete the CCTV footage by shutting down Parliament.
He said the installation of spy cameras to identify voters during the Senate vote was a bigger scandal than Watergate and in this connection a fair and transparent investigation should also be carried out. He questioned the government why the names of those responsible for installing the cameras were not brought to the front of the nation if CCTV footage was available as evidence? He further said Prime Minister Imran Khan was trying to save those who installed cameras in the Senate hall.
South Australian police said people from Greater Melbourne would be barred from entering the state from midnight due to new coronavirus cases there.
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SA authorities confirmed border changes with Greater Melbourne on Wednesday evening
Only those who have returned home, relocated or important travelers will be allowed to enter the SA
The people of the Victoria region will not be affected
The change means no one traveling from the Greater Melbourne area will be able to enter South Australia from 12:01 am Thursday morning, unless they have an exemption from SA Health.
SA authorities previously marked their intention to close the border, but said they were waiting for more information from the Victorian Government.
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens and the state’s Chief Public Health Officer, Nicola Spurrier, held a press conference this afternoon, just before additional COVID-19 cases related to Melbourne’s quarantine hotels were announced.
“It is a very dynamic and moving situation,” said Commissioner Stevens.
Earlier, Professor Spurrier said he expected more details on how many close contacts and travelers associated with the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport have been tested for COVID-19, as well as the results.
Travelers from the Victoria region outside of Greater Melbourne will still be allowed to enter SA through the cross-border clearance system, but will have to undergo coronavirus tests on days one, five and 12.
Only people returning home, actually moving out, or important travelers, will be allowed into SA from Greater Melbourne.
Authorities have not said how long the border restrictions will be in place.