Large Parts of Pakistan Left in Dark After Massive Blackout
Power blackout hits several main cities in Pakistan
A power blackout has hit several of the main cities in Pakistan, including its capital and several of its urban centers. This was officially announced by the Energy Ministry’s spokesman Sohail Atiq, who informed that according to frequency variations and voltage fluctuations in the south of the country in Sindh, the power generating units have started to shut down one by one.
Atiq noted that the restoration of grid stations in Peshawar and Islamabad has started via the Tarbela and Warsak dams and there is an estimate that power will be fully restored across the country within the next 12 hours.
The cities affected by this outage include Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta, as well as dozens of districts in their vicinity, as reported on Twitter by the electricity companies responsible.
Pakistan currently suffers from a severe economic crisis which has caused the Government to recently approve a new energy conservation plan to reduce consumption, with measures such as early closure of markets, shopping centers and limiting the purchase of certain low-efficiency products energetic.
This country of 220 million inhabitants consumes around 29,000 MW of energy at its peak in summer and around 12,000 MW at peak demand in winter. Pakistan has experienced similar massive blackouts in recent years, the last one being in May 2018, affecting 130 million people. Restoring electricity back to these cities is a priority for the energy department, and hopefully it will be accomplished within the next 12 hours.