Massive power outage in Pakistan, no electricity in major cities

Massive power outage in Pakistan, no electricity in major cities

Pakistan suffered a major power outage this morning. Power outages were experienced in all major cities of the country, including the largest city, Karachi, Lahore, Peschawarde, and the capital, Islamabad. According to the ministry, the restoration of the electrical grid has begun.

Energy Minister Dastagir said in a statement that at around 7:30am local time (3:30am Dutch time), the grid “had suffered a frequency loss that caused a major outage”. He added that efforts are being made to make the system operational again.

The minister told Geo TV news channel that some electricity grids in the country are already being restored and electricity should be fully restored within 12 hours. He insisted that it was “not a major crisis”.

Imported fossil fuels

De Dastagir said, “In winter, electricity demand drops across the country, so we temporarily close our electricity generation facilities at night as an economic measure.” When they reopened in the early hours of the morning, “frequency fluctuations and voltage fluctuations” were observed in southern Pakistan, and then “power plants gradually shut down”.

Earlier this month, the government ordered shopping malls and markets to close earlier each day to save on electricity bills. Most of the country’s electricity is produced from imported fossil fuels. Rising global energy prices are putting even more pressure on the country’s financial institution.

Source: NOS