A major breakdown on Thursday disrupted electricity supply to parts of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab.
Federal Ministry of Energy confirmed the reports of the outages in Sindh and other parts of country due to “accidental faults” in the southern transmission system.
“Several power plants are tripping in a row due to an accidental fault in the southern transmission system, which is hindering the electricity supply in the southern areas of the country,” the ministry tweeted.The ministry said it was thoroughly investigating the reason of the fault and would restore the power supply system soon.
Meanwhile, officials said that there is a 6,000-megawatt shortfall in the national grid due to the fault.
Various areas of Sindh, especially Karachi, were blacked-out due to a fault in the national grid.
The areas where the power outage was reported from included Liaquatabad’s C1 area; Federal B Area’s Block 11, 12, 13; Nazimabad’s Block 4 and 3; Kharadar; Lyari; Old City area; Malir Halt; and Rifah-e-Aam society.
KE spokesperson Imran Rana said that the process for restoration of the power supply has started. However, he said that complete restoration may take up to five hours.
He earlier said that the power supply company was looking into the matter, after receiving reports of outages in KE territory.The tweet was also retweeted by the utility provider.
Other districts of Sindh that are without power are Hyderabad, Thatta, Jamshoro, Sujawal, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allah Yar; Mirpurkhas, Umarkot, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Matiari, Tharparkar, Larkana.
Meanwhile Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) has stated that at least 28 districts of Balochistan were left without power due to the fault. He added at least three electricity units providing 220 kvs of power were affected due to the fault.
On the other hand, Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) spokesperson Multan and South Punjab were affected by the power breakdown.
The spokesperson shared that the fault had caused temporary pressure on the LESCO system. He added that a fault in the NTDC grid had shut down two grids and 20 feeders, clarifying that they have restored them via load management.
On the other hand, Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) shared that at least 500 kvs of electricity is not coming into its system due to the fault.
The utility company shared that Muzaffargarh, Bhawalnagar, DG Khan, Bhawalpur, Behari and Khanewal were without electricity.