Almost 24 hours later: The government claims that all of the country’s power has been restored.
On Tuesday morning, power was restored across the nation nearly 24 hours after the incident.
The situation in the nation had been completely restored following the massive breakdown on Monday morning, according to a spokesperson for the federal energy ministry on Tuesday morning.
On Monday morning, a fault in the National Grid caused cascading shutdowns at the Guddu Power Plant, resulting in one of Pakistan’s longest outages ever.
On Monday evening, the Karachi Electric (KE) company stated that they were working to restore power and hoped that the majority of residential and commercial areas of the megalopolis would be energized by midnight. However, complete power restoration, including to industrial units, is not anticipated until much later in the night or even until Tuesday morning.
In a press conference that took place around 5 p.m., Federal Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan reassured the public that electricity would be fully restored tonight.
He also said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has set up a committee with three members to find out what caused the outage and assign blame.
Dastgir gave the nation the assurance that the nation’s power system is secure and that electricity has already been restored in some parts of Punjab, Balochistan, and South Punjab.
He explained that in order to restore the system, electricity must be provided to electricity generation companies.
Minister Dastgir also provided an update via tweet, stating that the Thar Coal Power Plant is providing some electricity to Karachi.
He went on to say that he, the Secretary of Power Division, and National Transmission & Dispatch Company have been keeping an eye on what’s going on at the National Power Control Center.
“The system frequency of the National Grid went down at 7:34 this morning, causing a widespread breakdown in the power system,” states the ministry of energy.
The work on system maintenance is moving quickly, according to the tweet.
Karachi, Hyderabad, Matiari, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Badin, Thatta, Umarkot, Tando Allahyar, Sanghar, Quetta, Islamabad, Lahore, and Multan were among the cities that were affected by the power outage.
Around 7:30 a.m., some parts of Karachi lost their electricity, and 90% of the city was without power.
Gulistan Johar, Gulshan Jamal, Rashid Minhas Road, Korangi, Malir, Qayyumabad, the Old City area, and others were among the areas where the electricity supply was cut off.
“Multiple outages have been reported from various parts of the city. We are looking into the matter and will keep this space updated,” Imran Rana, a spokesperson for K-Electric, stated.
All of Balochistan’s districts were affected by the breakdown as well.
The Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) claims that the two transmission lines connecting Guddu and Quetta malfunctioned. In addition, it stated that Quetta was one of 22 Balochistan districts without power.
A spokesperson for the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) stated that none of its 117 grid stations had access to electricity. He stated that the regional control centers had not yet disclosed any explanation for the power outage.
He stated that the relevant parties were in constant communication with the IESCO administration in this regard.
However, the energy ministry attributed the initial malfunction to issues with the national grid’s low system frequency, which resulted in a nationwide power outage.
Although efforts are currently being made to restore power to the affected areas, the reason for the breakdown is still unknown.
Residents have been urged to exercise caution and report any suspicious activity in connection with the power outage by officials.
KE making slow progress In the meantime, the utility that is powering the nation’s largest city said that they were working to get power back.
Imran Rana, KE’s spokesperson, stated in a statement that their systems’ protective mechanisms assisted in preventing infrastructure damage.
In addition, he stated that KE teams were actively overseeing power restoration efforts throughout Karachi.
He stated, “Teams are also contacting relevant authorities to reestablish the link between Karachi and the National Grid, which will accelerate the restoration of power supply to affected areas.”
The statement went on to say that “progress across the country and KE is proceeding at a cautious pace, prioritizing the stability of the network frequency.”
KE stated that they had achieved partial power restoration in some areas and that they were prioritizing the restoration of power to critical facilities like hospitals, the Karachi Port, and airports.
“It is anticipated that power supply to the majority of residential and commercial areas of the city may be restored over the next three to four hours (at the latest my midnight),” reads the statement.
However, “the provision of a reliable supply from the National Grid, which may take a few more hours,” is necessary for “complete restoration to the city and particularly industrial consumers.”
All major airports operating as usual A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesman stated on Monday that all major airports were operating as usual despite a significant power outage in the country and an efficient alternative power system.
While discussing the situation at the country airports during the power outage, he stated, “There is no power problem at any major airport.”
The spokesperson stated that a standby power system at the airports was ensuring an uninterrupted supply of electricity.
He claimed that Peshawar airport’s normal power supply had been restored after running on generators for two hours.
Prime Minister takes note of power outage Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken note of the country’s power outage.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says that the prime minister has set up a high-level committee to look into the situation.
Additionally, the premier requested a report from Khurram Dastgir, the minister of energy.
He stated that it should be informed of the reasons for the country’s significant electricity outage.
The PM ordered that the electricity supply be restored immediately.