NPCC report blames no one for countrywide power breakdown
The National Power and Control Center (NPCC) has released a report on the nationwide power breakdown that could not identify the people behind the glitch that plunged the whole of the country into darkness on Saturday night, reported 24NewsHD TV channel, quoting its sources on Tuesday.
“The frequency of the system before the breakdown was 49.85. Prior to the breakdown, the system was generating a total of 10,311 MW of electricity. As many as 983 MW of electricity were being generated from government thermal power plants,” the report stated.
The TV channel quoting the report reported the system maintenance process started from Tarbela, Mangla and Warsak powerhouses and the power system continued tripping due to excessive fluctuations in frequency.
It is pertinent to note that opposition parties accused the PTI government of telling lies to cover up its failure in the power generation sector over a major fault in the electricity distribution system.
PML-N secretary general Ahsan Iqbal said the worst-ever power shutdown proved that the incumbent PTI government was incompetent.
Earlier, Central Power Generation Company Limited (CPGC) suspended seven officials and employees after one of the worst electricity breakdowns in the country on Saturday night.
Guddu plant, built in the 1980s, is one of the country's largest and generates power from furnace oil and natural gas.
The blackout, which started shortly before midnight on Saturday, was caused by an engineering fault which tripped the system and caused power plants across the country to shut down.
Pakistan's electricity supply system is a complex and delicate web, and a problem in one section of the grid can lead to cascading breakdowns countrywide.
In May 2018, power was partially disrupted for more than nine hours, while in 2015 an apparent rebel attack on a key supply line plunged around 80 percent of the country into darkness.