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ISLAMABAD: Power supply in parts of Pakistan has been partially restored after nine hours as the country was hit by a massive blackout at 11:41 pm on Saturday night.
According to the National Power Control Center (NPCC), the power supply in Islamabad’s red zone and other important areas has been restored while electricity in Lahore, Faisalabad, Kasur and Sheikhupura remains suspended.
The power supply in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) including Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan and Abbottabad has been restored. In Sindh, Larkana, Mirpur Khas and Nawab Shah Division are still facing breakdown; however, the power supply has been restored in Karachi’s Orangi Town, SITE and Nazimabad.
Federal Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan will be holding a press conference to brief the nation over the massive breakdown.
According to a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Energy, the minister will be addressing a press conference at 10:00 am from the Pakistan Information Department (PID) in Islamabad.
وفاقی وزیر پاور عمر ایوب خان دن 10:00پر پریس انفارمیشن ڈیپارٹمنٹ میں پریس کانفرنس کریں گے
— Ministry of Energy (@MoWP15) January 10, 2021
The latest blackout was caused by a fault in southern Pakistan at 11:41 pm local time on Saturday, power minister Omar Ayub Khan tweeted, citing preliminary reports.
The Ministry of Energy spokesperson had tweeted from the ministry’s official Twitter handle, said that according to initial reports, the Guddu power plant developed a fault at 11:41 pm on Saturday night.
The fault caused the country’s high transmission lines to a trip, which in turn caused the system frequency to drop from 50 to 0 in less than a second. The drop in frequency caused power plants to shut down.”
The spokesperson added that the units of Tarbela and Warsak powerhouses had been fired up, adding that power was being restored to the transmission system.