Severe breakdown of power plunges Pakistan into darkness

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The entire country went through a blackout last night because of a major fault at a power plant. This blackout brought the entire country into darkness. According to the initial reports, many regions, including Islamabad, Peshawar, Sindh, Punjab, KPK urban areas, faced this sudden power supply cut-down.

This sudden power supply shutdown caused a great deal of concern among the people. These individuals had spent the whole night without electricity and in a certain region it was not a regular load shedding, it was a total blackout in the whole country. This happened because of a fault at the Guddu power plant. This fault has not been detected yet. This 1400 MW power plant, however, has caused a major breakdown across the entire country. This power plant supplies the entire nation with 10,302MW of power.

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On this whole matter minister of energy, Omar Ayub Khan said,

“At 11:41pm [18:41 GMT] the fault occurred at the Guddu power plant, and in one second the [power] frequency which is normally at 49.5 Hertz it dropped [to zero],”

“In technical terms, it is called a cascade [failures being caused], one after another. Power plant safety systems began to shut themselves down.”

He further added to the statement,  “we started [the] Tarbela [hydroelectric power plant] twice – it synced and that allowed electricity to resume to several cities.”

Fortunately the authorities came into action and power has been restored in most of the northern areas of the country. While on Sunday morning power supply in the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Lahore, Multan, Jhang and Mianwali has been recovered. The authorities and repairing crews are still working to restore electric supply in all over the country.