June 21 - 27, 2004

 

SSGC'S DAMAGED PIPELINE REPAIRED

Sui Southern Gas Co. (SSGC) has informed that 20 inch dia Indus Right Bank Pipeline (IRBP) has been fully repaired at 2330 hours on Tuesday 15th June 2004 and gas supply restored at about 0355 hours early in the morning on 16th June 2004. This pipeline was earlier ruptured on 14th June 2004 due to a sabotage activity by some unknown miscreants on Over Head Begari Canal crossing about 27 km upstream of Shikarpur.
According to a press note, SSGC has stated that under the "Standard Operating Procedures of Contingency Plan" company's engineers, after receiving the information about the incident, had immediately isolated the ruptured pipeline segment

 

 

 

 

between Shikarpur and Repeater Station. The repair teams were mobilized from the "Emergency Response Centers" established to meet such emergencies, and started their repair work.

After the completion of physical repairs and necessary tests, the transportation of Zamazma gas started at 0355 hours on 16th June 2004. Authorities of SNGPL and Zamazma Gas Field were informed about the normalization of gas supply.

SSGC's higher management is taking such incidents very seriously and continuously remained in touch with the concerned Federal Government authorities to provide adequate and effective security arrangements of its pipeline network. No curtailment of gas was done in SSGC's franchise areas.

SSGC OFFERS TECHNICAL TRAINING FACILITIES TO OIL & GAS ORGANIZATIONS

Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd. (SSGC) has offered its technical expertise to other state-owned and private oil and gas organizations for imparting training for short courses on "Gas Turbine and Compressor Technology". SSGC will provide various training courses to the employees of these companies at its Gas Training Institute (GTI), situated in Company's Karachi Terminal, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The institution is enjoying the services of highly qualified and experienced professionals and has all modern facilities necessary for such kind of training.

According to a press release, issued here by SSGC, it is stated that, after the successful establishment of GTI in 2000, it had conducted various training courses on Information Technology, Management, Safety, Fire Fighting, and Commercial etc to enhance the capabilities of SSGC's officers as well other subordinate staff to enrich their job skills.

The state-owned gas utility has now planned to offer these training facilities to other sister organizations and as the first step as a significant numbers of executives of Pakistan Petroleum Ltd., Sui Northern Gas Pipelines and ENI Pakistan completed successfully a two weeks training course on "Basic Industrial Gas Turbine & Compressor", and "Corrosion Prevention by Cathodic Protection and Shielded Metal Welding Techniques" the spokesman said. "The basic feature of this course is to create an understanding of basic applied science, construction, operating principles and performance of industrial gas turbine and compressors" he added.

Giving some detail about GTI's activities, the spokesman of SSGC further disclosed that to impart training, resource persons were drawn from within the company. Moreover from SSGC's retired persons were also hired as well trainers from well-reputed organizations were requested to impart the training.

AGRICULTURE

Government of Pakistan is attaching high priority to the export of Agriculture produce of the country and considering all available options for the development and production and export of Agriculture commodities. Minister for Commerce, Mr. Humayun Akhtar Khan while addressing a meeting convened at Islamabad to consider a proposal for the Establishment of Agriculture Commodities Export Processing Zone at Pipri godowns Bin Qasim Karachi, informed that rice is one of the major source of Foreign Exchange. The Minister informed the meeting that during last ten months (July-April 2003-04) Pakistan exported rice amounting to US$ 508 million as compared to US$ 454 million during the period 2002-03, posting an increase of 10.63%.

The Minister for Commerce constituted a committee to suggest the best possible utilization of 600 acres of land available at Pipri godowns Bin Qasim Karachi.

 

 

The meeting was attended by Mr. Tasneem Noorani, Secretary Commerce and other stakeholders including Mr. Masood Alam Rizvi, Chairman Trading Corporation of Pakistan, Mr. Abid Javed, Vice Chairman EPB, Syed Najaf Hussain Shah Chairman of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan, Mr. Sohail Altaf, Vice President FPCCI, Mr. Afaq Tiwana, Chariman PHDEB and representatives from Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industries and Production, National Bank of Pakistan, Secretary Agriculture, Government of Sindh.

INTEL BRINGS PC EXCITEMENT TO HOMES

Intel Pakistan Corporation continues its extensive 'Home Road Show in the city where the latest IntelŪ PentiumŪ 4 processor with Hyper Threading Technology is showcased and various PC usage models are demonstrated primarily from an education and entertainment standpoint.

The exhibition started in May in Karachi and will continue till end of July and more than 5000 families are expected to visit and witness first hand how the importance of computers in their homes. The exhibition is conducted at various localities in the city and brings the latest technology closer to your home.

THE OPPORTUNITIES FROM SAFTA AND WTO

Imtiaz Rastgar, Managing Director, Rastgar Engineering Co. (Pvt.) Limited, presented a paper on "An SME Strategy for WTO, SAFTA and Beyond" at Millat Vendor conference 2004, in a local hotel.

He emphasized on the importance of Pakistani the automotive OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) customers and how they had been instrumental in transfer of technology to the local vending industry and how this industry now has the potential to enter the global market for light engineering, value added products. A strategy to benefit from the opening of markets owing to SAFTA was put forth by Mr. Rastgar, giving examples of how his company is already benefiting from this strategy.

Mr. Rastgar further highlighted the role of professional sales and export marketing as well as the importance of world-class manufacturing techniques; and how it affects the OEM business.

The theme of the Vendor Conference was "Playing the Competitive Game" organized by Millat Tractors Limited. Top industry executives attended the conference.

DEWAN MOTORS INAUGURATES STATE-OF-THE-ART PRODUCT SUPPORT CENTRE

Dewan Motors, exclusive BMW Group importer in Pakistan, announced the opening of the state-of-the-art Product Support Centre for after-sales services to BMW cars in Karachi.

Dewan Motors, a company of Dewan Mushtaq Group, announced in January this year, its appointment by BMW Group as the sole distributor for sales and after-sales service of the BMW and MINI vehicles in Pakistan, followed by opening of display centres in Islamabad and Karachi.

"Our investment in this new facility is significant and indicates the strength of our commitment to our BMW customers in Pakistan, moreover our focus is on after sales support because we wish to continuously reinforce our customers' loyalty," said Dewan Mohammed Yousuf Farooqui, Chief Executive Dewan Mushtaq Group.

For hi-tech BMW cars, this Product Support Centre is equipped with Electronic Diagnostic Equipment featuring Special Service Tools supplied by BMW AG, Germany only to their importers for efficient, timely and safe repair & maintenance of BMW cars.

The new after sales service facility, consisting of the latest in technology, genuine BMW spare parts and service outlets, boasts a service area of over 6,000 square feet with six work bays including multi-purpose "Lift-in-Lift" that is capable of carrying out multiple tasks at the same lift to minimize repair time for customers.

Dewan Motors has also employed a team of highly trained and skilled service personnel in the after-sales facility including experienced master technicians and mechanics trained by the BMW AG, Germany.

SYED JAWAD GILLANI JOINS ADAMJEE INSURANCE COMPANY LTD

Renowned personality in the insurance sector, Syed Jawad Gillani, has joined Adamjee Insurance Co. Ltd as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He brings with him fifty years of rich experience in the field of insurance. He has played a vital role in the development of insurance industry in Pakistan Before joining Adamjee Insurance he was attached to Security General Insurance as its Director and Chief Executive Officer.