Most of Pakistan Loses Power in Extensive Electric Power Grid Blackout Saturday with Slow Restoration Sunday

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Most of Pakistan, including the capital Islamabad and several other major cities, lost power early Sunday, January 9, 2021. The population of Pakistan is of 200 million people. Other cities affected were Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, and Multan.

Power was restored to parts of the Islamabad early Sunday, but bad weather was delaying repairs.

Initial reports indicated the infrastructure failure was connected to a power station in southern Sindh Province that ultimately extended to the entire transmission system. Energy minister, Omar Ayub Khan, said at a news conference that the electricity blackout originated with an engineering fault at the Guddu Thermal Power Plant in Sindh Province. The engineering fault caused an automatic shutdown across much of the country’s power grid.

The specific cause at Guddu was under investigation.

The country has had chronic problems with its transmission system, and major power breakdowns have been frequent.

In January 2019, a previous major power failure occurred across areas of Sindh and Baluchistan Provinces.

In May 2018, a previous major power failure occurred connected to the National Transmission and Despatch Company’s northern system caused people to lose power in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The National Transmission and Despatch Company is government owned company of Pakistan that includes eight Regional Control Centers (RCC).

Eighty percent of Pakistan experienced a power in 2015 when Baluch separatists attacked a transmission line. Baluch separatists, located in southwest Pakistan and southeast Iran, protest they are marginalized and suffer economically.

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Pakistan was hit by a massive power blackout early Sunday, officials said, with much of the country, including all major cities, plunged into darkness. The electricity distribution system in the nation of more than 210 million people is a complex — and delicate — web, and a problem in one section of the grid can lead to cascading breakdowns countrywide.

Power was gradually being restored to major cities across Pakistan Sunday after it was hit by a massive electricity blackout, caused by “an engineering fault” in the south of the country.