Energy provide restored throughout a number of Pak cities after large blackout

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Individuals are silhouetted on autos headlights on a darkish avenue throughout widespread energy outages in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Pakistan’s nationwide energy grid skilled a serious breakdown late night time on Saturday, leaving hundreds of thousands of individuals in darkness, native media reported.

Hours after a number of cities in Pakistan plunged into darkness following an enormous blackout resulting from a fault within the energy distribution system, the ability provide was restored totally or partially on Sunday in lots of cities of the nation. The facility outage was reported shortly earlier than midnight virtually concurrently in lots of cities. Residents of Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and others confronted the blackout.

Pakistan Power Minister Omar Ayub Khan stated that technical groups had been working to completely restore the ability provide.

He stated that electrical energy provide was restored totally or partially in lots of cities like Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Karachi and Faisalabad however it could take a while earlier than the restoration of regular provide.

Khan, together with Info Minister Shibli Faraz, advised reporters that the ability provide snapped at 11:41 pm on Saturday after a technical fault on the Guddu energy plant in Sindh province.

“It had what we name a ‘cascading impact’ and shut down the ability system, choking about 10,320 megawatts of electrical energy,” he stated, including that it was the exact quantity of vitality wanted for your complete nation in the course of the winter nights.

He stated it was nonetheless unknown what precisely triggered the shutdown that triggered the drop within the system frequency from about 50 to zero.

“Our groups are working to pinpoint the reason for the sudden drop in frequency,” he stated, including that three main provide strains originated from Guddu energy plant and it was not recognized which was the primary to expertise the drop in frequency.

Info Minister Shibli Faraz stated that the transmission system was outdated and blamed the earlier governments for neglecting it. 

(With PTI inputs)

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