Overnight power breakdown sparks countrywide crisis

May 01, 2018
PHOTO: AFP
PHOTO: AFP
This picture taken on February 24, 2013 shows Pakistani people drinking tea outside a restaurant during a nationwide power blackout in Karachi.  Pakistan was hit by a nationwide blackout for more than two hours after the breakdown of a major plant caused power stations to stop working across the country, officials said on February 25.  AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN
This picture taken on February 24, 2013 shows Pakistani people drinking tea outside a restaurant during a nationwide power blackout in Karachi. Pakistan was hit by a nationwide blackout for more than two hours after the breakdown of a major plant caused power stations to stop working across the country, officials said on February 25. AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN
Power outages affected several parts of the country after high transmission lines of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) tripped, triggering a shortfall exceeding 6,000 megawatts on Tuesday. The overnight power failure affected the entire country except Karachi. The ministry of water and power directed the people to consume electricity sparingly as all four Chashnupp power plants of 1200 megawatts have tripped overnight. Three 3600-megawatt LNG power plants, Haveli, Bhikki and Baloki, also have been shut down for testing purpose, according to the ministry sources. The power distributing companies have started load shedding following the power failure that took place around 1:30am. “The restoration work can take over 24 hours,” said the spokesman of the power division. "Chashma's plants one and two can be operational by evening. However, it will take time to restore the other two." “We regret the inconvenience caused to the masses,” he added. A unit of Neelum-Jhelum Hydroelectric Project that was inaugurated on April 13 this year has also ceased functioning. APP adds Power consumers on Tuesday faced temporary shortfall due to tripping of 220KV NTDC high transmission circuits including Daudkhel, Bannu and Ludewala, besides the Chashnupp power plants (1200MW).Power consumers on Tuesday faced temporary shortfall due to tripping of 220KV NTDC high transmission circuits including Daudkhel, Bannu and Ludewala, besides the Chashnupp power plants (1200MW). “Supply to these power plants  C1, C2, C3 & C4 have been restored and the 220KV NTDC lines are energized,” said a press release. However, the restoration of generation from these plants would take some time as a definite protocol has to be followed. As the latest information shared by the management of Chashnup, the C-1 and C-2 are expected to be back after evening, whereas the status of C-3 and C-4 is not yet clear. It also added that RLNG based power plants Havelli Bahadar Shah, Bhikki and  Balloki (3600MW) are also under testing phases and generation form these plants is currently not available. The hydel generation is also low as the water releases from reservoirs on Provinces demand is low besides the new plants at Neelum Jehlum are still in testing phase. Keeping in view above unavoidable facts, the national grid faced temporary shortfall, which is varying especially during peak and off peak hours. “In order to keep the system safe and bridge the demand and supply gap, few hours of temporary load management is being introduced in all Distribution companies. The introduction of load management by DISCOs is proportional to the feeders losses,” it said. The consumers have been informed through SMS, local sub divisional offices, Roshan Pakistan App and others means regarding the load management in their areas. The Minister for Power Division, Minister of State for Power, Secretary, NPCC and PEPCO teams are closely monitoring the situation, and are in close contact with management of these plants. The consumers will be immediately provided relief as soon as any plant starts generation. The Power Division will also post updated information regarding the situation, it added. The Power Division has appealed to the consumers to adopt energy conservation practices during this temporary phase so that maximum consumers could get lesser number of electricity interruptions.

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