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About 80% of Pakistan Loses Electricity After Blast, Report Says

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About 80% of Pakistan Loses Electricity After Blast, Report Says.

About 80 percent of Pakistan plunged into darkness after midnight due to a power failure blamed on a terrorist attack, the Press Trust of India reported, without citing where it got the information. Almost all cities, including the capital Islamabad, were affected as militants blew up a transmission line in Baluchistan province, state-run Radio Pakistan said, citing Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali. The tripping of Guddu power plant’s transmission lines affected the 500KW power line from the national grid, forcing Jamshoro and Bin Qasim power stations to shut down. Power has been restored to various parts of the country, it said. “We are awake and monitoring the situation to ensure the earliest possible restoration of electricity to all,” Sher Ali said in posts on Twitter. “On the PM’s directive, we are not to sleep till this problem is resolved.” The crisis is the latest to expose gaps in Pakistan’s infrastructure that are hindering economic growth. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif canceled a trip to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos last week as Pakistan’s worst fuel shortage in recent memory threatened to revive street protests against his administration.

The southwestern Baluchistan province has faced an insurgency for decades, with locals demanding political autonomy and more control over its mineral resources. It has already been reported that the country may experience prolonged power outages or eventual blackout as a result of acute shortage of furnace oil.

K-Electric, which supplies 650 mega watts of power to Karachi, explained that a tripping of the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) line had a cascading effect and de-synced their supply. The MoW&P failed to pay the dues of PSO amounting to Rs171 billion owing to which the state-owned oil marketing company has financially nose-dived and collapsed and is now unable to import furnace oil on its own.

However, a spokesman of the ministry again claimed that load management will improve from Saturday evening to six hours in the urban, and nine hours in the rural areas and load shedding for the industrial sector will the reduced by four hours. The document also says that the power crisis has been further aggravated on account of the closure of canals causing a massive reduction of hydro generation by up to 1,000 MW so much so that zero gas supply to power plants has also resulted in a massive surge in power outages. The thermal power generation based on diesel has tremendously reduced and the electricity generation by the Jamshoro power plant has fallen from 570 MW to just 170MW. However, the power sector, according to the document, currently faces a huge deficit of Rs30 billion in purchasing the required furnace oil to increase power generation.

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