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A major power breakdown hit the country early Monday morning, affecting multiple cities, such as, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and Karachi.

In a tweet, the Ministry of Energy confirmed that according to initial reports, the system frequency of the national grid went down at 7:34am today, causing a widespread breakdown in the power system across Pakistan.

“System maintenance work is progressing rapidly,” assured the ministry, adding that restoration of grid stations from Warsak has begun.

It informed that a limited number of grids of the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) and the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) were restored.

According to the Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO), the two transmission lines from Guddu to Quetta tripped. It added that 22 districts of Balochistan, including Quetta, were without power.

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Taking to Twitter, K-Electric spokesperson Imran Rana also said that the electricity providing company’s “crew are busy restoring power” and maintained that their “first priority is to restore power to strategic facilities including hospitals, airports, etc.”

Earlier, Rana said that K-Electric is “investigating the issue” of power outages in the metropolis. According to reports, 90 per cent of Karachi has been affected.

Phase-wise power restoration

The IESCO has said that system maintenance is being directly monitored from the central control room and that power is being restored in a phased manner to protect the distribution system from any damage.

Power restoration is ongoing for various grid stations in areas of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, including the 132 KV grid station at Zero Point, D-12, F-6, F-16, G-5, G-9 and I-8 as well as Adiala, Chaklala and Chakri.

Maintenance work is also ongoing in other cities of Punjab, including Attock, Chakwal and Jehlum.

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The IESCO spokesman assured that power restoration to other grid stations will also start soon, adding that a full system restoration will take time.

Earlier in the day, the spokesman said that the electricity supply to 117 IESCO grid stations has been suspended.

While no clear reason for the suspension has been given yet by the IESCO Region Control Centre, the company maintained that its “management is in constant communication with the concerned authorities”.

NEPRA takes notice

In a strict notice issued by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), the country’s power authority sought a report on the blackout from the National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC).

It noted that NEPRA has “continuously been issuing instructions and recommendations to prevent such incidents in future”, adding that it had imposed penalties for incidents of blackouts and tower collapses in the country in 2021 and 2022.

(With additional reporting by Zaigham Naqvi)

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