Karachi plunges into darkness due to national grid tripping

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Staff Reporter

Seventy percent of Karachi plunged into darkness in wee hours of Monday after the transmission line with the national grid tripped.
FB Area, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, New Karachi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, , Defence, Garden, Buffer Zone, Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, PECHS, Mehmoodabad, Bahadurabad, Clifton, Airport, Malir, Shah Faisal Colony, Quaidabad, Korangi, Landhi, Super Highway, Sohrab Goth, Saddar, Safoora, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Liaquatabad, Scheme 33, Gulshan-e-Maymar and Gadap were affected by the power breakdown.
According to K-Electric Spokesperson, “Supply to city was affected following tripping in transmission line of National Grid. Restoration efforts are underway. We regret inconvenience caused to customers and request their cooperation during this time.”
Karachi had witnessed similar power cuts in last couple of months caused by fault in transmission lines.
This is the third major power breakdown in less than two months’ time to hit the port city. Recent power outages were reported on October 7 and October 21.
Following the Oct 4 breakdown, Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan had directed the authorities to probe the matter thoroughly to see if any preventive maintenance was carried out by both the National Transmission & Dispatch Company (NTDC) and KE to avoid such a situation.
However, no update was shared afterwards on the fate of the ‘investigation’ and impact of the minister’s directives to the power utility.
According to the KWSB, water supply to the city was suspended due to the power outage.
NEPRA says it is investigating the breakdown and will ascertain the reason behind it. Officials of the authority said they found out about the breakdown through the media. If needed, they will send an investigation team to Karachi.
Power supply to Karachi restored to routine levels after various parts of the city experienced an outage as a rollover effect of abrupt disconnection of power supply to Karachi from the National Grid due to adverse weather conditions. Currently, KE is receiving 650MW on average from the National Grid.
While partial power supply from the national grid of around 200 MW initiated within 3 hours, full supply restored by 3pm on Monday. It is pertinent to note that all strategic installations falling in affected areas were restored on priority whereas KE also exported power for few hours to initialize Port Qasim Coal Power Plant connected to the national grid.
According to Spokesperson KE, “Despite abrupt disconnection of power from the national grid which caused tripping in KE’s transmission line, KE’s generation units landed safely in island mode ensuring earliest possible restoration of power to the city. We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused to our valued customers and appreciate their cooperation.”

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