EXPLAINED: What was the reason for 9th January Power Breakdown all over Pakistan?

The report further highlighted the MW details of the power system before the blackout.

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Power break down in Pakistan explained by authorities.

On the night of the 9th of January, Pakistan witnessed a major power breakdown throughout the country. The blackout was first reported on social media by the residents of major urban cities such as Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, and Multan. Later, those in other cities and towns across the country also started complaining about the power outage.

Social media flooded with people speculating the reason behind the power outage. However, the authorities recently revealed the real reason behind the power break down.

The National Power Control Centre submitted a report to the Power Division on Tuesday. The report outlined the reason behind the countrywide blackout that took place on the night of the 9th of January.

According to local media, the report read:

On the 9th of January, at 11:41 pm, the 500 kV Guddu-Shikarpur transmission line’s circuits 1 and 2 tripped. As a result, the 500 kV Guddu-Muzaffargarh and Guddu-Dera Ghazi Khan transmission lines also tripped, causing the entire power system to shut down.

The report further highlighted the MW details of the power system before the blackout and stated:

  • The frequency of the system was 49.85.
  • It was generating a total of 10,311 MW of electricity.
  • Of the 10,331 MW of electricity, 1,257 MW was being generated from water, 983 MW was being generated through the government’s thermal power plants, while 8,070 MW of electricity was coming from independent power producers (IPPs).

The National Power Control Centre’s report also explained the restoration process and stated:

The restoration process of the system started from Tarbela, Mangla, and Warsak powerhouses. However, the system continued tripping due to high-frequency fluctuations. To stabilize the system, Tarbela and Mangla were interlinked.

According to local media, the report further explained that the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC)’s network was connected to K-Electric at 6:44 pm on the same day.

The report concluded by stating:

Power was restored across the country by 7:40 pm on the 10th of January.

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