The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has released an inquiry report on a major power breakdown in the country that took place this year on 23rd January.
According to NEPRA Report, the power system was affected due to the over-supply of electricity in transmission lines. The electricity generation was increased from wind power plants in the South, while in the North, hydel power generation was decreased. As a result, three plants K-2 were tripped, and 1,940MW of electricity disappeared from the system.
The system was quickly injected with 3,843mg electricity but despite of this the north region tripped, while cascading was reported in Engro, Shangai Electric and Thar Coal.
The report further stated that NTDC, Jinco Two Port Qasim Electric Power Company has been held responsible for the countrywide blackout.
The inquiry committee of NEPRA recommended the upgradation of the system and providing training to the NTDC staff regarding the dispatch system. The report highlighted the flaws in the power system and recommended taking measures to avoid such incidents in the future.
Remember that, on 23rd January several parts of the country including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Quetta went into darkness as a high-tension electricity supply line between Quetta and Guddu caused a major power breakdown.
After 12 Hours of maintenance working on the affected grid stations finally electricity restored across the country. Premier Shehbaz Sharif demands full inquiry from the Energy Minister and directs him to present a full inquiry report.