Power not fully restored in parts of Pakistan after ‘fault.’
Power Division says thermal power plants generate electricity at 50 percent. image source: tribune.com.pk

Power outages continued to occur in various parts of the country on Friday as electricity could not be restored even after 24 hours of outage. After the grid went down, Sindh, Balochistan, and some other parts of Punjab were without electricity for several hours yesterday. However, According to a statement issued by a division of the Ministry of Energy a day earlier, two 500 kV transmission lines were cut in south Karachi on Thursday morning.

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10 power generators shut down at the Tarbela Dam:

The Energy Division said today that the thermal plants produce electricity at 50 percent capacity, while ten power generators remain shut down at the Tarbela Dam. Work was underway to ensure the power lines were fully restored. Meanwhile, the country’s electricity outage has reached 7,932 megawatts, bringing the country’s total power generation to 16,068 megawatts. The country’s total electricity consumption is 24,000 megawatts. However, the power ministry said that electricity transmission and generation had been restored in Karachi.

Routine electricity load-shedding:

“The spokesman of the Ministry of Energy stated that regular loading is being carried out throughout the country and added: Electricity restoration was possible with the efforts of the Ministry of Energy officials and the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) officials.” Power Ministry sources also said that 3,500 MW of electricity is generated from water and claimed that 1,000 MW of energy is generated from state-owned electricity plants. An additional 8,500 MW of electricity was generated through private plants. In addition, sources revealed that wind power plants and 155 MW would generate 850 MW of electricity by solar plants.

Country faced several breakdown in past:

Two thousand megawatts of energy were generated from nuclear fuel and 62 megawatts from Bagasse (residual sugar cane) power plants. While Islamabad sees a daily five-hour load-shedding, many parts of the country witness it every other hour. The country has faced several breakdowns in the past, and the recent one shows that NTDC has failed to put in place permanent corrective measures to overcome future incidents. The National Electricity Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has recently imposed a fine of Rs 20 crore on NTDC due to malfunctions and the collapse of its towers.

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