Hours after major outage hits Pakistan, govt says power restoration under way (2023)

A massive power cut across Pakistan continued after night fell on Monday, affecting most of the country’s 220 million residents, including in the metropolises of Karachi and Lahore.

Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir said on Monday night, more than 12 hours after the breakdown occurred, that officials had begun restoring electricity across the country.

Power was beginning to return in parts Islamabad and Balochistan, said Dastgir.

The minister had earlier said that electricity across the country would be fully restored by 10pm after the breakdown — triggered by “frequency variation” in the national grid — hit Pakistan.

The grid should be fully functioning by 10pm, Dastgir told Reuters, adding: “We are trying our utmost to achieve restoration before that.”

In a televised address, the minister said that there had been a widespread power breakdown in the country, adding that officials were working on restoring electricity.

“Today at 7:34am, there was unusual voltage and frequency fluctuation in the North-South transmission corridor because of which the national grid’s system frequency was affected and a widespread breakdown was caused.”

He said that the country’s transmission system had not been affected but explained that electricity was required to get power plants and dams up and running.

Talking about the steps taken to address the outage, he said that there was a power plant in Uch which was currently operational. He said that power generated from the plant, which was providing electricity to several areas in Sindh, was also being diverted to Balochistan and parts of Punjab.

He further said that electricity from the Thar coal power project was partially being provided to K-Electric which was working on restoring operations.

He assured the nation that he was personally overseeing the matter at the National Power Control Centre (NPCC) and that the officials concerned were working hard to restore power. He expressed the hope that power would be restored across the country by tonight.

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The minister said that the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) had been directed, on the orders of the prime minister, to get all power plants up and running even if they were dependent on expensive furnace oil. He further said a three-member team had been formed by the premier to probe the incident.

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Separately, in a tweet, he said that electricity had been restored partially in distribution companies of Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Sukkur.

According to the Ministry of Energy, the system of frequency of the national grid went down at 7:34am today resulting in a widespread breakdown in the system.

“System maintenance work is progressing rapidly,” it tweeted.

The last major power outage in the country, reported in October last year, took more than 12 hours to restore. The electricity blackout took out approximately 8,000MW from the system.

‘Nothing major’

In an interview with Geo News earlier today, Dastgir said the breakdown was not “major”.

“In winter, the demand for electricity reduces nationwide, hence, as an economic measure, we temporarily close down our power generation systems at night.

“However, when the systems were turned on in the morning today, frequency variation and voltage fluctuation was observed in the south of the country […] somewhere between Dadu and Jamshoro […] because of which power generating units shut down one by one,” he explained.

Dastgir went on to say that the restoration of grid stations in Peshawar and Islamabad had begun. “I can assure you that power will be fully restored across the country within the next 12 hours,” he added.

Talking about Karachi, the minister said: “We provide K-Electric about 1,000-1,100 megawatts routinely […] power in the city will be restored within a few hours.”

PM Shehbaz forms committee; Nepra takes notice

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took strong notice of the power breakdown in the country and constituted a high-level committee to probe the cause for the incident.

The premier sought an urgent report from the energy minister on the matter. He stressed on uncovering the reason behind the power breakdown and pinpointing those responsible.

He ordered the authorities concerned to take swift measures to restore power, saying that inconveniencing the public would not be tolerated.

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The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) also took “serious notice” of the country-wide power breakdown.

In a statement, it directed the NTDC to submit a detailed report on the electricity blackout.

Nepra also apprised that it had previously imposed fines on similar trippings, partial/full blackout(s), system collapse(s), and tower collapse(s) in 2021 and 2022 and has consistently issued directives and recommendations on mitigating such events as well.

No power problem at major airports; PTCL says services may be affected

The Civil Aviation Authority has said that there were no power problems at major airports across the country.

“The situation is under control thanks to the alternative systems. We are using standby power to provide uninterrupted electricity to all the airports,” the authority’s spokesperson said in a statement.

He added that the electricity supply at the Peshawar airport has been restored.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), however, warned customers that they may face degradation in services due to the power outage.

“Once the power is restored, you will be able to enjoy uninterrupted PTCL services again,” the company said.

KE assessing situation in Karachi

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

In a tweet, K-Electric spokesperson Imran Rana confirmed 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.

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Three transmission lines trip in Balochistan

Meanwhile, Quetta Electric Supply Company spokesperson Muhammad Afzal told Dawn.com that three transmission lines in the province — 220kV Uch-Sibbi, 220kV Dadu-Khuzdar and 220kV Dera Murad Jamali — had tripped.

“This has resulted in a massive power outage across Balochistan,” he said.

The affected cities include Quetta, Pishin, Qilla Abdullah, Chaman, Loralai Zhob, Qilla Saifulllah, Mastung, Sibbi, Ziarat, Kalat and Khuzdar.

Afzal added that restoration efforts were underway by the NTDC.

117 grid stations affected in Islamabad

Meanwhile, in Islamabad, nearly 117 grid stations were affected due to the breakdown, the spokesperson of the Islamabad Electric Supply Company said.

“System maintenance is being directly monitored from the central control room and power is being restored in a phased manner to protect the system from damages,” he told Dawn.com.

The spokesperson elaborated that restoration at 132kV grid stations in Zero Point, Rawal, F-16, F-6, D-12, F-6, I-8 and Chaklala was underway, adding that complete repair of the system will take time.

‘Serious energy crisis’

After the breakdown, a number of journalists and politicians took to Twitter.

PTI leader and former human rights minister Shireen Mazari criticised the government, saying that the “incompetent cabal of crooks” was bringing the country down.

Journalist Owais Tohid said the power breakdown raised fears that “a country with a fragile economy is heading towards a serious energy crisis in harsh winter”.

Journalist Iftikhar Firdous said the situation will “add to the panic and anxiety in the country”.

Shahbaz Rana, another journalist, tweeted that the power outage was a “symbol of governance breakdown and economic meltdown”.

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“It is the price that the nation will pay for the inflated egos of our rulers. If things do not improve from here, there will soon be breakdowns of supply chains of almost all essential goods,” he added.

FAQs

Why is the electricity out in Pakistan? ›

High demand and lack of supply to the power grid was causing difficulties in restoration work, officials told the energy minister at a briefing in the national power control center in Islamabad.

How do you restore power after an outage? ›

Reset the main breaker by turning the switch off and on two times. Leave the switch in the on position. Return to the breaker panel inside your home and turn each breaker back to the on position, one by one. In many cases, power is now restored.

Why does power take so long to restore? ›

Restoration from a widespread outage has to be done incrementally, balancing generation and demand. That said, the most labor-intensive effort in getting customers back after is storm is widespread downed lines, which he said takes time to fix, and may only affect a few customers once repairs are made.

What do we say when electricity is back? ›

Power is back on. Power has returned. Power is up, along with the corresponding “power is down” when the electricity supply is interrupted. Power is back up.

What is the solution of electricity crisis in Pakistan? ›

Investing in Renewable Energy Industry

Moreover, importing clean coal, which is frequently less expensive than imported oil and gas, will allow Pakistan to first diversify its energy mix. To reduce its dependency on conventional energy sources, Pakistan needs to decrease the demand for the grid station.

Is India selling electricity to Pakistan? ›

India will continue to supply to Pakistan and Bangladesh. Indian electricity exports rise to 2GW by 2022 and reach 4GW by 2047.

How long does it take for the power to come back on after an outage? ›

Utility workers can fix a minor incident, such as a fallen power line, in around 2-3 hours. But when the cause of a blackout is severe weather or a natural disaster, you can expect to be out for several days and even months in some extreme cases.

How long is food good in fridge without power? ›

Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. If the doors stay closed, food will stay safe for up to: 4 hours in a refrigerator. 48 hours in a full freezer; 24 hours in a half-full freezer.

What can be refrozen after power outage? ›

Meat and Poultry (raw):

Refreeze if ice crystals are still present. Fully thawed meats or poultry that are still cold and that have no off-odors or signs of spoilage can be cooked and eaten or refrozen after cooking.

Can System Restore take 3 hours? ›

A system restore can take over 3 hours and restore your PC.

Can System Restore take hours? ›

How long should System Restore take Windows 10? Usually, it takes 20-45 minutes not a few hours to run a system restore.

How long does a battery backup last when the power goes out? ›

"Run time” refers to the amount of time a UPS will provide power once the main utility power is interrupted. Standard battery run time for a common UPS is around 5 to 10 minutes under full load and about twice that under half load. (Run times are often quoted as minutes under full and half load.)

What is the most common cause of power outage? ›

Storms: Wind, heat, ice and snow are the most common causes of widespread power outages. 2. Trees: During high winds, or trimming by an untrained professional, limbs can come into contact with power lines and cause interruptions. You can always request a tree trimming service on SCE's website.

Does electricity go back to the source? ›

Electricity always returns to the source of the power supply (a transformer or substation). Electric current will use the paths of least resistance to return to the source. Electrical systems and supply systems are grounded to the earth.

Will there be power cuts this winter 2022? ›

According to the National Grid's winter outlook, its national report outlining energy supply and demand across colder seasons, rolling blackouts in the UK are unlikely but due to the pressures on gas supplies in Europe brought on by the war in Ukraine, power cuts are more likely than previous years.

Can the power crisis be resolved? ›

In order to prevent an energy crisis, it is also crucial that we consume less energy by improving and modernising energy infrastructure such as smart grid solutions, and smart cities. It is also important that we replace old devices by energy efficient solutions, such as replacing traditional light bulbs by LEDs.

Who controls electricity in Pakistan? ›

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has been established under Section 3 of the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act, 1997 to exclusively regulate the provision of electric power services in Pakistan.

How Pakistan can meet its energy needs? ›

Oil and gas are by far the dominating sources with a share of 80%. Oil is imported from the Middle East mainly Saudi Arabia, gas from Iran. In addition, Pakistan is consuming Liquefied National Gas (LNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and coal.

Does Pakistan have enough electricity? ›

Pakistan can completely be self-sufficient with domestically produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is 110 bn kWh, also 119 percent of own requirements. The rest of the domestically produced energy is either exported into other countries or unused.

Does India supply water to Pakistan? ›

uses. By 2019, India utilizes 38 billion m3 of its share, and nearly 9.3 billion m3 of India's unutilised share flows to downstream Pakistan territory from Ravi and Sutlej rivers.

How long do most power outages last? ›

Most power outages will be over almost as soon as they begin, but some can last much longer – up to days or even weeks. Power outages are often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment. Cold snaps or heat waves can also overload the electric power system.

Why fill bathtub with water during power outage? ›

Stock Water: Fill the bathtub so you have water to flush the toilet. Then fill large containers for drinking water. Charge Everything: Keep cell phones and tablets charged.

Do you get compensation for no power? ›

You might be able to get compensation if your electricity or gas supply goes off. Your gas or electricity network operator is responsible for fixing power cuts and paying you compensation. This company is not your energy supplier.

Do eggs need to be refrigerated? ›

In the United States, fresh, commercially produced eggs need to be refrigerated to minimize your risk of food poisoning. However, in many countries in Europe and around the world, it's fine to keep eggs at room temperature for a few weeks.

Is it safe to eat frozen food that has thawed and refrozen? ›

You can safely refreeze frozen food that has thawed—raw or cooked, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing. To safely refreeze, the thawed product must have been kept cold at 40 degrees or below for no more than 3-4 days.

How Long Will food Last in fridge and freezer without power? ›

While the power is out, keep the freezer and refrigerator doors closed-avoid opening and closing the doors to check the food inside. Food will keep for 24 to 48 hours in the freezer and for 12 to 24 hours in the fridge.

How long can a freezer be without power? ›

A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed. A full freezer will keep temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).

Can you eat eggs after power outage? ›

As the USDA notes in Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency, your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power.

What to eat when the power is out? ›

Good options include low-sodium canned beans, vegetables, fruit (packed in fruit juice), breakfast cereal, peanut butter, pouches of fully cooked whole grains, nuts, whole-wheat crackers, snack bars, and shelf-stable milk or plant milk (the kind sold in aseptic boxes in the grocery aisle).

What happens if System Restore is interrupted? ›

The system may become unbootable and can't run due to incomplete system file restore, which corrupts the system files and makes them unbootable. Your computer may be paralyzed or bricked: Any accidental interruption or power outages may hamper the System Restore process, leaving the device paralyzed or bricked.

What happens after System Restore? ›

System Restore takes a "snapshot" of the some system files and the Windows registry and saves them as Restore Points. When an install failure or data corruption occurs, System Restore can return a system to working condition without you having to reinstall the operating system.

Why did System Restore not complete successfully? ›

In most cases, the System Restore failed and did not complete successfully error appears because your Antivirus software is interfering with System Restore. So, if you're running antivirus software, disable it.

How long does it take to reset your system? ›

As a factory reset takes away all your data, it is essential to Backup before the process. It usually takes around 30 minutes to 3 hours to reset, depending on your device configuration.

Does System Restore remove everything? ›

A system restore point is not a full backup. It does not affect user data or files. This means that a system restore point can be safely used by a user. A system restore will not delete personal files such as documents, pictures, music or videos.

How long can a car sit unused before battery dies? ›

Typically, your car can sit about four weeks to two months without driving before the battery dies. The reason your car can sit only for so long before it dies is the fact that your car battery is in use even when you're not behind the wheel.

How long can a battery sit unused? ›

If you know you won't be using your car for a while or won't be able to recharge it weekly, it may be best to disconnect it completely from the vehicle. When stored properly out of the car in a secure place, a detached car battery has the chance to last up to six months.

How many solar batteries are needed to power a house? ›

If you want to keep the power on when the grid is down, you'll usually just need one solar battery. If you want to go off-grid completely, you'll need far more storage capacity, more along the lines of 8-12 batteries.

Where in the US has the most power outages? ›

California stands out as the state with the most power outages between 2002 and 2022, with a total of 2,684 outages.

What animal causes the most power outages in the US? ›

Squirrels are the animal most often associated with power outages, as they use electrical power lines both for travel and a place to rest.

What is the largest cause of power outages in the US? ›

Causes of outages can vary and can affect the length of time it takes to restore service to your home. Here are some of the most common: Storms and Lightning: Large storms - Opens in new window with high winds, heavy rain, ice and snow are the most common causes of widespread power outages.

Why can't we let electricity go? ›

The mils here means "milliamps": at a current of just 1 mA (1/1000th of an Amp), the human body begins to feel a shock. At just 10 to 20 times this, the person experiencing the shock experiences the "can't let go!" phenomena where their muscles contract beyond their control.

Will there be an alternative to electricity? ›

Solar panels, wind turbines set on and offshore, and hydroelectricity are some of the alternative energy technologies that will supply our future energy needs.

What will reset after power outage? ›

Reset the main breaker by turning the switch off and on two times. Leave the switch in the on position. Return to the breaker panel inside your home and turn each breaker back to the on position, one by one. In many cases, power is now restored.

Will electricity go up again in October 2022? ›

22 million households are set to see their energy bills increase by 6.5% in October 2022.

Will electricity prices go up again in October 2022? ›

Household energy bills increased by 54% in April 2022 and were due to increase by a further 80% in October. The new Energy Price Guarantee will limit the October increase to 27%, with a further increase of 20% in April 2023.

Does America have power cuts? ›

The overall duration of power interruptions in the U.S. more than doubled over the past 5 years. Beyond just inconvenience, blackouts cost the U.S. an estimated $150 billion every year.

What caused electricity outage? ›

There are many causes of power failures in an electricity network. Examples of these causes include faults at power stations, damage to electric transmission lines, substations or other parts of the distribution system, a short circuit, cascading failure, fuse or circuit breaker operation.

Why is there sudden load shedding in Pakistan? ›

While the main cause of load shedding is a shortage of power generation—some estimates place the unmet demand at 25 percent—there is also significant variation in the distribution of load shedding, with some firms and urban areas receiving preferential treatment.

Does Pakistan have power outages? ›

Power outages are occurring in several areas across Pakistan since around 09:30 Oct. 13 due to a national power transmission grid failure. Officials stated Sindh Province is the worst-affected, with widespread outages occurring in Karachi.

Why electricity suddenly stopped working? ›

Usual Causes of Lost Power

There are usually three reasons why your electricity has stopped working partially or in your whole home. These are an overloaded circuit, a short circuit, or loose wiring.

What has been the longest power outage? ›

Northeast Blackout (1965) On Tuesday, November 9, 1965 there was a major disruption in the power supply for the Northeast that left over 30 million people without power. This blackout lasted up to 13 hours and affected many areas of the Northeastern United States including: Connecticut.

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