The power plant is expected to provide up to 3,600MW -- the equivalent of three nuclear power plants -- when it is completed in a decade.

Regional officials remain committed to the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline despite Iran's numerous attempts to derail the project, either politically or violently.

The tube wells, now powered by solar energy, have solved a major problem in the area, and the highly reliable system can function smoothly for up to eight hours uninterrupted.

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has found Shell Pakistan responsible for an oil tanker accident that took at least 218 lives.

At least one person was killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during protests over electricity cuts.

Oil and gas exploration companies hope to find vast deposits in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).