KARACHI: Efforts were underway to restore power in the country after a widespread breakdown hit the country which saw 80 per cent areas plunge into darkness minutes after midnight on Saturday.
A substantial area in Sindh was affected, too. The breakdown did not spare even Islamabad.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken notice of the worst-ever power breakdown to have hit the country and issued instructions for immediate restoration of power supply.
Power supply in many areas was restored after the instructions were issued by the premier.
A K-Electric spokesperson told media that power supply had been completely restored in Karachi .
Electricity has also been restored in Rawalpindi, Islamabad.
In around 46 percent areas in Lahore electricity has been restored.
The tripping of Guddu power plant’s transmission lines affected the 500KW power line from the national grid, forcing Jamshoro and Bin Qasim power stations to shut down.
As many as 17 districts in Baluchistan suffered the power breakdown.
According to Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) officials, the transmission lines from Guddu to Quetta tripped.
QESCO officials said 220KW transmission line was abruptly suspended. The other districts include Pishin, Khuzdar, Mastung, Kalat, Sibi and Bolan.
Federal Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said that transmission lines in Balochistan’s Nasirabad district were blown up by a bomb which caused the electricity crisis.
Around 70 per cent of Karachi was in darkness after a sudden power failure struck the country’s economic hub.
The report said that power production from Jamshoro power plant has been decreased to 170mw from 570mw.
Similarly, power generation from Muzaffargarh plant after a decrease of 700 mw was 360 mw only.
Also, power production from HUBCO and Kapco after a decrease of 1300 mw stood at 1051 mw. Due to acute shortage of furnace oil, power shortfall stood above 6700 mw in the country.
According to the power ministry’s report, demand for electricity has surged to 14000 mw, while the generation fell to only 7,000 mw.