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Govt Reveals Reason Behind Power Outage That Shutdown Pakistan

The National Transmission and Despatch Company completed a preliminary investigation into the power outage that impacted the majority of the country on January 23. (NTDC).

According to the story, the Monday morning blackout was caused by a frequency fluctuation caused by Guddu.

Guddu’s 500KV lines were tripped as a consequence.

Guddu’s frequency was 50MHz prior to the problem. 

It suddenly surged to 57MHz, causing the transmission cables to trip.

The chain reaction also affected transmission lines in Tarbela, Mangla, and Warsak.

Around 7:34 a.m., the majority of the country, including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, and other major cities, had an hour-long power outage.

NTDC teams jumped into action immediately to restore power. It took them many hours to come up with a solution.

By Monday night, the bulk of the country’s power had been restored.

During a press conference on Tuesday, January 24, Federal Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan hypothesised that a cyberattack may have triggered the breakdown.

He indicated that, while hackers were unlikely to be involved, NTDC would investigate just in case.

Pakistan power cut: Major cities without electricity after grid breakdown

Pakistan experienced a massive power outage early Monday due to a failure in its national infrastructure, leaving millions of people without power.

Power was out in all major cities, including Karachi, the capital, Islamabad, and the cities of Lahore and Peshawar.

According to Power Minister Khurrum Dastagir, the grid breakdown was caused by a “frequency fluctuation” in southern Pakistan.

How Massively the Power Broke down?


The power outages in Karachi were reported in the areas of Malir, Landhi, Gulistan-i-Johar, Akhter Colony, II Chundrigar Road, New Karachi, Gulshan, Ibrahim Haideri, and Korangi.

The K-Electric spokesperson Imran Rana confirmed via tweet that the country-wide breakdown had affected the power supply in Karachi as well. He said KE teams were assessing the situation and the process for the restoration of electricity had been initiated.

Later, Rana said that the company’s first priority was to restore power to strategic facilities including hospitals, airports, etc.

Three transmission lines trip in Balochistan

Meanwhile, Quetta Electric Supply Company spokesperson Muhammad Afzal shared that three transmission lines in the province had tripped resulting in a massive power outage across Balochistan.

The lines were the 220kV_ Uch-Sibbi, Dadu-Khuzdar, and Dera Murad Jamali. These affected the cities of Quetta, Pishin, Qilla Abdullah, Chaman, Loralai Zhob, Qilla Saifulllah, Mastung, Sibbi, Ziarat, Kalat, and Khuzdar.

117 grid stations affected in Islamabad

The spokesperson of the IESCO shared that in Islamabad close to 117 grid stations were affected due to the breakdown. The power-affected areas in Zero Point, Rawal area, F-16, F-6, D-12, F-6, I-8, and Chaklala.

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Pavan Manzoor
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Pavan Manzoor is an experienced content writer , editor and social media handler along with a track record of youth-oriented activities in Pakistan and abroad. She was selected as a fully-funded delegate as a leadership fellow in Turkey. She also led a team of 5 volunteers at the week-long Young Professionals Fellowship in Maldives. She is also a member of the Youth Standing Committee on Higher Education.

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