Saturday, February 4

Electricity completely restored across Pakistan: Energy Minister

ISLAMABAD:Minister for Energy Khurram Dastagir has said the electricity has completely been restored after Monday’s breakdown.

Addressing a news conference here in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said the country’s 1112 grid stations stand restored and there is none which is not energized. The Minister commended the efforts undertook by the National Transmission and Dispatch Company, Power Division and WAPDA for restoring the power supply.

He said despite the extensive breakdown, there were some areas in the federal capital and Peshawar where the electricity remained available all the time. Similarly, there was no disruption in power in the flood hit areas of Sindh and Balochistan. The Minister said the exact reason of the technical challenge that was experienced in the North and South transmission line at 7.30 am on Monday has yet not been determined.

He said the nuclear power plants in Karachi and Chashma would require forty-eight to seventy-two hours to come to the system and that process has been started. He said the coal power plants are also required forty-eight hours. Sahiwal and Engro Thar coal units have been synchronized and soon they will start producing electricity.

The Minister said there will some shortage of electricity in the next forty-eight hours. Therefore, there will be a limited load shedding but the industrial sector will be exempted from it. He said the transmission system remained safe from this disturbance in system. He also emphatically stated that there is no shortage of fuel and it is available in sufficient quantity to produce electricity.